Brazil and Chelsea attacking midfielder Oscar warns that Japan have the capability to cause an upset and wants the Selecao to treat the game seriously.
Capped 40 times by Brazil, Oscar was part of the squad that underperformed on home soil at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The poor showing led to Luiz Felipe Scolari’s resignation, paving the way for former captain Dunga to return as Brazil coach for a second time.
Three win in three games including a huge 2-0 win over World Cup runners-up and arch rivals Argentina seem to suggest a change in fortunes for the South American giants, but Oscar felt otherwise.
“Brazil needs to be careful of Japan,” Oscar told the media through a translator before Brazil’s training session at the Singapore Sports Hub.
“Brazil may have won against Japan in the Confederations Cup last year, but this year it is a different team.
“The way the Japanese play is very disciplined, and they have some technical players who can cause serious damage.
“We need to treat them seriously.”
Brazil captain Neymar was in agreement, with the Barcelona superstar going on to single out Keisuke Honda as Japan's main threat.
“Honda is a player we have to watch out for; he can cause a lot of trouble for any team so we have to watch for him,” Neymar said.comments