Del Bosque: Brazil the team to beat

Spain Coach Vicente del Bosque suspects that Brazil will be the frontrunners at the 2013 Confederations Cup.

The former Real Madrid tactician was speaking in Sao Paolo ahead of the draw for the tournament, which will take place tomorrow.

The competition will act as a dress rehearsal for World Cup 2014 hosts Brazil, who have recently sacked Coach Mano Menezes and replaced him with Luiz Felipe Scolari.

“Brazil, beyond their Coach, is a world power, and because of the players they have and their history, they are the team to beat.”

La Roja’s last Confederations Cup campaign ended in semi-final defeat to the U.S.A in 2009.

“What happened in South Africa left a bad taste and after our successes at World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012 this is a challenge for us. We will prepare to compete with the prestige of champions.

“We will go with our main players, as for us the Confederations Cup is a very important tournament.”

Del Bosque is one of three nominees for the FIFA Coach of the Year award, alongside Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho and former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola.

“It is impossible, no one can say who the best Coach in the world is and it is not determined by ranking, which is the most objective of all. It is a joy and a pride that the three nominees for best player in the world are from the Spanish League.”

The man from Salamanca ended by discussing the growing strength of South American football as a whole.

“There is a difference of opinion between American and European football, but we’re talking now of globalised football, with no major difference between selections. In South America there are improving teams such as Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela and not just Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.”

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