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Revenge not on Brazil’s agenda, says Marcelo

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GETTING READY: Brazil’s Marcelo (right) says his team’s match against Mexico in the Confederations Cup on Wednesday is going to be a tough one.— Photo: Scott Heavey/Getty Images
GETTING READY: Brazil’s Marcelo (right) says his team’s match against Mexico in the Confederations Cup on Wednesday is going to be a tough one.— Photo: Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Brazil left-back Marcelo says his side will not be seeking revenge when his team renews acquaintance with Mexico in its second game of the Confederations Cup in Fortaleza on Wednesday.

The last encounter between teams representing the two countries saw Mexico shock the five-time world champion with a 2-1 victory in the final of the men’s football competition at the London Olympics last year.

It was a crushing defeat for Brazil, which has never claimed Olympic gold, but Marcelo said those involved had quickly put it behind them.

“The Mexico defeat didn’t stick in my throat. I don’t see this match as a chance for revenge,” said the Real Madrid defender, who was one of three permitted players aged over 23 in Brazil’s Olympic squad.

“Of course, I remember it. It was a very sad day for the players and the whole of Brazil. It’s difficult to say why we weren’t able to pierce their defence.

“We know that Mexico have great players, but we’re Brazil and we have some, too. We can think that the match will be difficult, but they have to think that as well.”

Brazil will secure a place in the semifinals if it overcomes Mexico at Estadio Castelao, but Marcelo was bewildered by reporters’ questions about the possibility of a final showdown with world champion Spain.

As well as the Olympic final victory, Mexico prevailed 2-0 when the sides last met in a friendly in Texas last year, and Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has also warned his players not to take it lightly.

Crucial game

Having lost 2-1 to Italy in its opening game at the Maracana on Sunday, Mexico knows that it will be eliminated if it loses to Brazil and Italy avoids defeat against Japan.

Coach Jose Manuel de la Torre claimed “individual actions” were responsible for the loss to Italy, and in the Brazil of Neymar, Oscar and Hulk, he must confront another adversary brimming with individual talent.

“We produced some great football, but there are things to correct and we now have to concentrate on the next match against Brazil,” he said. — AFP

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