Brazil full-back Marcelo has looked to play down the praise Spain have received for their opening performance in the Confederations Cup.
La Roja impressed against Uruguay in their 2-1 Group B win, with praise aimed at the team much to the frustration of the Selecao’s Marcelo.
“You speak about Spain as if the team were already in the final, but there are loads more games to go,” the Real Madrid defender told reporters this week.
“Brazil are prepared to take on anyone. We don't choose what team we play. We have to remain calm.
“We shouldn't be talking about Spain at the moment. If our paths cross, it will be a great match.
“They are a great team, the quality of their players speaks for itself.”
The 25-year-old was asked for his take on Jose Mourinho’s three-year tenure at Madrid that came to an end this summer.
“We did what Mourinho asked us to do – to put the opposition under pressure. You have to play with desire. It's not just about strategy.”