Brazil keeper Julio Cesar says the South American giants have eased the pressure that was building on them thanks to their 4-2 win over Ecuador on Wednesday that sets up a quarter-final Copa America clash against Paraguay (Brazil 4/7, Paraguay 5/1, the draw 11/4 with bet365 – match odds).
The victory in their final group game ensured progress into the knockout phase of the competition after Brazil had begun the tournament slowly with two disappointing draws against Venezuela and Paraguay.
However, they appear to now be warming up nicely and Cesar believes they can approach their last-eight showdown in a relaxed manner.
“Now we work quieter, without much pressure, and are relaxed”, he said after the Ecuador victory.
Cesar knows Paraguay are a tough opponent for the five-times world champions on Sunday and they will need to put on a decent display to progress into the last four.
“We cannot relax,” he added. “It is true that Paraguay have not been as good as expected so far, but they can improve.”
The other Copa America quarter-finals this weekend see hosts and outright favourites Argentina take on Uruguay, Chile tackle Venezuela and Colombia meet Peru.