Brazil coach Carlos
Alberto Parreira is promising that the world champions will not be
treating the Confederations Cup as a two-week German holiday.
Brazil arrived on Saturday without striker Ronaldo but with a strong
squad that includes Ronaldinho, Robinho, Adriano and Kaka.
There is little at stake for the eight teams taking part in a tournament
that lacks prestige but the Brazil coach expects to see the competition
through to the end on June 29.
“Whenever a Brazilian team enters a tournament, we want to reach the
final,” said Parreira.
“The opportunity to play in the Confederations Cup exactly a year before
the World Cup was one that we did not want to miss.
“Everything looks ready here except the weather, which is a little cold.”
The tournament begins on Wednesday, with Brazil playing their first
match on Thursday against Greece in Leipzig.
Brazil will also play Mexico and Japan in Group B, while Argentina,
Australia and Tunisia line up with hosts Germany in Group A.
Brazil suffered a 3-1 defeat to Argentina in a World Cup qualifier in
Buenos Aires before coming to Germany – a result that left them still
waiting to seal qualification for next year's World Cup – and Parreira
would love a chance for a rematch.
“It would be fantastic to play Argentina or Germany in the semi-finals,”
the coach said.
Seven of the eight teams were in Germany by yesterday morning, with
Tunisia due to arrive on an evening flight.