Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Gilberto speaks of Brazil's World Cup hunger

Brazil Midfielder Gilberto Silva has spoken of his country's hunger for a sixth World Cup crown, insisting all the players are desperate for success in South Africa.

The South Americans sealed their place in the quarter-finals last night after coasting to a 3-0 win over continental rivals Chile in Johannesburg.

And the former Arsenal player is backing the Selecao to now go all the way.

"I believe we can win," he said. "The mood in the squad is very good at the moment, everyone is enjoying a lot what we're doing for our country.

"Everyone is hungry to achieve one more trophy for Brazil. This is what we talk about all the time."

Goals from Juan, Luis Fabiano and Robinho helped Brazil take their record at this years finals to three wins and a draw, which came against Portugal.

Their last eight opponents, Holland, have won all their matches so far and are one of the form sides at the tournament.

Gilberto continued: "It was good how the team reacted, especially from the last game as we didn't really have a very good game against Portugal.

"All of us know at this stage that there is no time to make mistakes as we did in the last game, and we worked very well today (Monday).

"We expect a very hard game because Holland have got a quality team with very good players.

"We know that we give them space it will be very difficult for us and we could have a problem. This is what we want to avoid.

"We have played against Holland in these big World Cup matches before and it will be an emotional game.

"But I'm sure we will do our job as we did tonight against Chile."

He was also pleased by the way they have played as a unit so, especially the defence - widely seen as a weak point in the team.

"It's important to be very strong at the back and we have been," he added. "Of course it helps our attacking players a lot because if we defend well we are sure that they will do their job up front.

"This is the kind of balance that we need until the end of the competition."

Chile captain Claudio Bravo conceded his side were exposed by Brazil - a country they have now lost to seven times in a row.

However, the goalkeeper insisted there were plenty of positives for his young side to take out of the competition.

He said: "We're a fragile team at times. We're good going forward but we've also got to be able to defend.

"We've got a young team and we need to keep on learning. We're heading for home but we can rest easy in the knowledge that we gave it our all, we tried to achieve big things and tried to be a fair and honest team.

"We gave it everything, we couldn't have done any more. We were just unfortunate to come up against Brazil."

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