DUBAI: Brazilian legend Pele says he’s confident about Brazil´s probabilities at the upcoming World Cup and expects injured star Neymar to be totally match to lead the facet in Russia.
Speaking to AFP in Dubai, the 77-year-old, who has been in ailing well being not too long ago, put his religion in Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar´s potential to get well from a fractured foot in time to lead Brazil to a attainable sixth world soccer title.
“We don´t know exactly what is going to happen, but I think for the World Cup he´s going to be in shape because his injury is not so bad,” mentioned Pele, the one individual to have received the World Cup thrice as a participant.
“I wish he has the same luck I had in the World Cup.”
PSG´s Neymar, the world´s most costly participant, has not performed since breaking a metatarsal bone in his proper foot on February 25 in a Ligue 1 match in opposition to Marseille. He mentioned final week he’s nonetheless recovering following surgical procedure however expects to be slot in time for the World Cup from June 14 to July 15.
In the final World Cup on house soil 4 years in the past, Brazil have been humiliated 7-1 by eventual winners Germany within the semi-finals however Pele feels the crew below “psychologist” Tite, which breezed by way of South American qualifying, has the instruments to go all the way in which.
“I’m confident as a result of Tite, the brand new coach, now (has) had a little bit time to arrange the crew.
“We have plenty of wonderful gamers in Europe. The drawback is to place the crew collectively.
“I think we´re going to have a good team in the next World Cup.”
Pele mentioned he anticipated few surprises at the match, figuring out Lionel Messi´s Argentina, Germany, England and France as potential challengers — though he didn´t point out 2010 world champions Spain or present European laureates Portugal, led by their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, he mentioned “football is a box of surprises”.
As for his personal well being issues — Pele cancelled a visit to England in January as a consequence of “exhaustion”, though his spokesman denied he had been hospitalised — Pele mentioned there was little trigger for concern.
“I cannot play in the next World Cup but I feel good,” he mentioned with a hearty giggle.
“I had an injury, then I had to make a surgery for the head of my hip, then I had to replace (it), then I had a little problem with my meniscus, but now I am OK, I am ready, in good shape!”