Brazil are favorites to win the Copa America on residence soil regardless of the absence of star ahead Neymar, midfielder Casemiro mentioned on Thursday.
Brazil will kick off the competitors in opposition to Bolivia in Sao Paulo on Friday earlier than dealing with Venezuela and Peru in Group A.
“Brazil are all the time the favorites, whatever the competitors,” the Actual Madrid participant instructed reporters. “We’re obliged to play effectively and to win. We’re a really strong workforce and the brand new guys which have are available have been coaching and taking part in effectively.”
Neymar was dominated out of the continental event after struggling an ankle ligament damage in Brazil’s 2-Zero pleasant defeat of Qatar final week.
In his absence, Brazil coach Tite is anticipated handy a beginning berth to Ajax ahead David Neres, who scored his first worldwide purpose within the Selecao’s 7-Zero rout of Honduras on Sunday.
Casemiro referred to as on Brazil’s followers to point out their assist for the Selecao, who’re aiming to win the Copa America for a ninth time.
“Unquestionably, it is a dream for us to play such an necessary competitors right here in Brazil,” the 27-year-old mentioned. “We’ve got to convey that on the pitch. We really feel like we’re prepared and have quite a lot of enthusiasm however the assist of the followers goes to be crucial.