Easy pickings for Scolari

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The 2002 World Cup-winning tactician announced his final squad yesterday, and revealed that it was a much easier job than 12 years ago.

“I had to improvise a little [in 2002], because I knew that it wouldn’t be well received in Rio de Janeiro,” he said. “I slept in another hotel that nobody knew about. My strategy was slightly different, I didn’t have to do that yesterday.

"I could even do my short walk in the evening, it’s a quieter situation than the last time.  I knew that one or two wouldn’t be pleased by the list, that’s normal. But now we don’t have as much noise as in 2002. It was quite easy to build this squad.”

Noticeable exclusions include AC Milan duo Kaka and Robinho, while PSG’s Lucas Moura and Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho also miss out.

Despite disappointing campaigns in their respective clubs, Premier League duo Oscar and Paulinho still made the cut, yet Scolari is unperturbed by their recent difficulties.

"Oscar is one of the best players in the world today, and that’s more than mine or another coach’s observation," he said.

"He might have some difficulties, but we can work on that so that he can be ready for the Cup. The technical part will be worked out as the physical exams results come.

“I’m not worried over Paulinho’s or Oscar’s condition.”

Brazil face Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon in Group A in this year’s Mundial staged in their home country.

Brazil squad:

Goalkeepers: Jefferson (Botafogo), Julio Cesar (Toronto FC), Victor (Atletico MG).

Defenders: Dante (Bayern Munich) David Luiz (Chelsea), Henrique (Napoli), Thiago Silva (PSG) Dani Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (Roma) Marcelo (Real Madrid), Maxwell (PSG).

Midfielders: Fernandinho (Manchester City) Hernanes (Inter) Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg) Oscar (Chelsea) Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur), Ramires (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea).

Forwards: Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk), Fred (Fluminense), Hulk (Zenit), Jo (Atletico MG), Neymar (Barcelona).

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