Thursday June 12 2014
Julio Cesar: 'Win avoided pressure'

Julio Cesar admits “the pressure would’ve been enormous” had Brazil failed to beat Croatia in the World Cup opener.

There was an early scare when Marcelo scored an own goal to put the Europeans in front, but Neymar’s brace and a late Oscar counter-attack turned the game around for a 3-1 result.

“The first match is always very important, as if you win then it gives you confidence going into the second,” the ex-Inter goalkeeper told Sky Sport Italia.

“If we had lost, the pressure would’ve been enormous and it all would have become much more difficult.

“Scolari was satisfied after the game. He is experienced and knows the atmosphere of the World Cup very well. He manages to transmit many positive things to the younger players.”

Julio Cesar spent last season at QPR, but is cheering on Italy when they face England on Saturday.

“It’s a difficult game, but I wish Italy all the best because it is a country that gave me a wonderful welcome, especially the Inter supporters. I take this opportunity to salute them.”

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