Luis Felipe Scolari has issued an ominous warning to Brazil's competitors for next year's World Cup by claiming his team is gradually reaching a standard befitting of the country's reputation.
The 64-year-old has endured an indifferent second spell in charge of Selecao since returning to the team last November.
However, having witnessed three victories in his team's Confederations Cup campaign thus far - with nine goals scored - Scolari believes the current crop of Selecao stars are slowly but surely beginning to take shape.
He told a press conference: "We look at improvements after every game and have made progress. The team is just about ready and the players know they’re key.
"The fans may not have been 100 percent sure we were that strong, but now we are earning back the history of Brazil teams. We are better than we were in Feb. We have a good foundation in place now and the whole group is more confident."
Scolari's men clash with Uruguay on Wednesday in the first semifinal of the Confederations Cup, and the former Chelsea boss is wary of the stellar striking options boasted by his opposite number Oscar Tabarez.
"I have known Tabarez for years and know how he works. We can guess 90 percent of their lineup," he added. "Cavani is the top striker in Italy, Forlan was the best player at Copa America and Suarez was the best player in England."
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