Fernandinho confident Scolariís Brazil will succeed in the World Cup
As the World Cup returns to Brazil, many expect to see the birth of a new Brazilian football legend. Many have tried to fill the legacy; such as of Pele or even Ronaldo, but having your name etched in history has never been easy.
There have been times when Brazilian stars like Ronaldinho and Zico have been hailed as “the next Pele”, and although they have had impressive careers none of them have come close to what Pele did – win the World Cup.
As Brazil’s most trusted coach Luiz Felipe Scolari sets up a team with plans of domination at home, a couple of players are shining brilliantly in his squad. Young, energetic and with a fire to prove his worth, Neymar is the top candidate for the job.
However, as a whole it is the young Brazilian team, a unit beyond years of its maturity that keeps on impressing onlookers with impressive results, the 5-0 win over South Africa in a friendly on Wednesday being the latest of their tale.
Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho made goal-scoring return to the side and claims to have great faith in Scolari’s World Cup squad. Fernandinho insists Scolari has put together an impressive squad, full of talent and with plenty of depth.
Neymar scored hat-trick for Brazil in the game, with Oscar and Fernandinho grabbing a goal apiece as well. The 28-year-old defensive midfielder, who loves to attack, has become the apple of Scolari’s eye as of late.
Fernandinho has quickly established himself as a key player in the Manchester City team and the Brazilian squad after moving from Shakhtar Donetsk to the Eastlands last summer.
“I was very happy with the performance. I tried to do everything that Scolari asked. It's been a wonderful night,” Fernandinho told Reuters.
Fernandinho may have only six appearances for Brazil, but the midfielder is showing great composure and chemistry with the team. Fernandinho claims he is confident of continuing to perform at high standards and maintain his form.
“Now it's back to England and I’m looking to continue playing at the same level for the May 7 announcement when I hope my name will be on the final list [for Brazil’s World Cup squad],” Fernandinho added.
Fernandinho has a long list of players to compete against for the midfield spot. He will have to best Ramires (Chelsea), Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur), Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) and Hernanez (Inter Milan).