Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's right-hand man said on Monday that Brazil were good enough to win the World Cup and already had "one hand on the trophy."
Asked what he had learned in previous World Cups, from his backroom role in Brazil's 1970 triumph to his success at the 1994 finals, Carlos Alberto Parreira said that getting things right off the field was crucial.
"That's not easy. It entails the operational side of things, logistics, planning, the relationship with the fans, the media, the working atmosphere," said the 71-year-old team technical coordinator.
"We have already achieved that, therefore we already have one hand on the trophy. We are favorites -- but of course that is not enough to win. Look how many favorites fell by the wayside in the past.