Brazil faces Peru in the final of the Copa America on the iconic Maracana on Sunday. Interestingly, the hosts have never lost a continental final at home.
Brazil looks at Peru in the Maracana in the final of Copa America (Photo Credit: Reuters)
Rio de Janeiro: Brazil has lifted the trophy every time they have hosted the Copa America and will strive to maintain this perfect record with a first major tournament arena since 2007 when they face Peru in the Sunday final.
Anything less than the victory for the most populous country in South America and the most successful national team in the Maracana, however, will be considered a monumental failure and could cost Tite his job regardless of the steady progress of the coach.
Despite the loss of Neymar – their most recognizable and talented player – on the eve of the tournament, the hosts have looked the strongest and most complete side with 10 goals scored and none admitted in five games.
Their path to glory has been made easier by holders who went out to Chile in the semi-final to Peru, who beat the hosts in the group stage 5-0 with a whirlwind display that revealed the return of dazzling Brazil from the past.
The Brazilian captain Dani Alves was accused of over-confidence after posting "That's it" on Twitter after Peru shocked Chile, although the right back later denied that he mocked Ricardo Gareca.
The hosts are overwhelming favorites to beat Peru, but no one in the country has to think about when Brazil enters the 1950 World Cup Final at the Maracana Championship, with a certain sense of lifting a trophy just to suffer a distressing defeat against Uruguay.
Brazilian defender Marquinhos said that no one on his side underestimated Peru, who reached the final of the Copa America for the first time since the winning second South American title in 1975.
Brazil has won the tournament eight times, including four as a host country.
"We know that in football things are changing very quickly and that Peru is now in a completely different state and everyone needs to know that it will take a huge effort to beat them, because a final is a one-off game, unlike all other, "he told reporters.
"It comes down to emotions, tactics and technique, we will have to combine these factors and the small details will prove the difference in this game. The team that makes the least mistakes will become champions."
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