Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar believes the home crowd can inspire the Selecao to their sixth World Cup title this year.
The 34-year-old made his MLS debut for Totonto FC this past weekend, helping his new side to a 2-1 victory against the Seattle Sounders in what was his first league appearance since April 2013.
The former QPR man has thanked Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari for his backing after insisting Cesar would be part of his World Cup squad no matter his club situation.
“Scolari tried to protect me,” Julio Cesar told Globo. “I was being called up, although I was not playing [for QPR]. I instantly felt reassured.
“That generated a lot of controversy. I understand that, but now the important thing is that I am back playing and I'm happy after making my debut with my new teammates.”
The Confederations Cup win last year was seen as the turning point for a side that had struggled since a quarterfinal defeat to Netherlands at World Cup 2010, and Cesar agrees with that view.
“The Brazilian people are very confident, especially after the Confederations Cup,” he said. “It was amazing to reconcile with the Brazilian national team supporters. So we know there is a huge trust there.”
“The fans can do at the World Cup what they did in the Confederations Cup. We were really motivated knowing that the fans were supporting us. It creates a lot to desire to do our job as best as we can. The reunion with the fans was the most important for us to reach the World Cup together with a single objective, which is the sixth world title.”
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