Baptista ready for tough test
Brazilian wary of Ivory Coast clash on Sunday
By James Dall. Last Updated: June 18, 2010 5:35pm
Baptista: Wary of Ivorians
Brazil's Julio Baptista is anticipating a tough test when his nation meet Ivory Coast on Sunday.
The five-time World Cup winners got their Group G campaign off to a winning start after they saw off a determined North Korea side 2-1.
They next tackle the Ivorians in Johannesburg, and midfielder Baptista is predicting an open and difficult challenge against their African opposition.
"I think they will come against us and they will try to play," Baptista said.
"Brazil will have enough space to play its own football."
He continued: "This will be our most difficult game because of the way the Ivory Coast play their football.
"The Ivory Coast players are physically strong and most of them play their club football in Europe and they know our style of play.
"We also know most of them but we will watch videos of their matches and see what our coach prepares for us.
"We will try to neutralise their game and try to do our best."