Now the Confederaions Cup has arrived, the Brazilians will have the chance to showcase what they are made of ahead of next year’s home World Cup. 

The national team, which is a very young team to say the least, have huge pressure on them to succeed. With the biggest tournament in world football also being in their home country the pressure could be too much for them to handle.

Although we have yet to see this Brazilian team play a competitive game, they have played many friendlies in preparation for the World Cup, and they haven't exactly set the world alight with their performances. 

They have played two friendlies against England, failing to win on both occasions. Brazil's 'superstars' such as Neymar also failed to make an impact on the games, where Brazil's defensive fragility was exposed, particularly when David Luiz plays centre back. 

These performances suggest that the Brazilians could already be cracking under the weight of expectations the nation has for them. During these games, especially home games in Brazil, they have performed nervously and haven't looked comfortable; suggesting that they're struggling to cope with the pressure.

But most of the Brazilian hopes seem to be centred around Neymar. At just 21 years of age, having the expectation of the nation on his shoulders must be a daunting challenge. 

Currently, the claims that he is overrated are being justified, even if Neymar has put in solid performances, they have been against inferior opposition, so far he hasn't produced against the bigger nations, although this can obviously change. 

The same applies for most of these players, to have so much pressure heaped on to you at such a young age must be a daunting experience, but they will strive to deal with that pressure by the time the 2014 World Cup kicks off. If they do, they will be dangerous. 

For now though, it would not be fair to judge the Brazilians, but the Confederations Cup will give everyone an insight into how this new-look Brazil play in tournament football.


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