Brazil play France in a friendly ahead of the Confederations Cup
Last Updated: 08/06/13 10:00pm
Oscar: Likely to feature for Brazil
Brazil will complete their preparations for the Confederations Cup with a friendly against France on Sunday, looking to beat one of Europe's leading sides for the first time in three years.
European teams have seen them off in each of the last two World Cups and they have not managed to get the better of anyone from the east since beating England in 2009.
With Italy and Spain at the Confederations Cup, there will be a demand for that run to end, and captain Thiago Silva has tried to raise the stakes.
The Paris St Germain player is unhappy at the way his side are now viewed outside of South America, and even went as far as naming outspoken Englishman Joey Barton as a guilty party.
"People in Europe don't have big respect for the Brazilian people. I recently fought Olympique's Joey Barton for that reason because he spoke badly about our football," he said.
"We've been eliminated from the World Cup and we didn't have any other big competition to show our value.
"They see Spain, they see Germany, and they think they're over us. But this shirt deserves respect, it's the team with the most cups in history."
Boss Luis Felipe Scolari desperately needs a win, with just one success in the six matches since he returned to the job coming against Bolivia.
In the final training session before tomorrow's clash, the former Chelsea man experimented with the same 11 which drew with England last week, with the only change likely to be Marcelo replacing Filipe Luis.
Despite the lack of personnel changes, midfielder Oscar thinks there will be a difference in approach after a week of training.
"We showed big progress in the first half against England, and we're getting a style. Now we have to keep working and win some important games," he said.
Oscar is likely to be an important player for Brazil for years to come, and the 21-year-old thinks his time with Chelsea has helped him, adding: "In England I improved almost every aspect. English football never stops, I evolved a lot."
For France, Didier Deschamps should make two changes in defence from the side which lost 1-0 to Uruguay, with Adil Rami and Mathieu Debuchy starting.
"I watched Brazil's last game against England and they really have a lot of quality in attack with great technical expertise. They might have more ball than us," said Deschamps.
"I may try to reinforce midfield, but not only to recover the ball. The idea is to force Brazil to defend a lot."