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Don't want to lose due to mistakes: Brazil U-17 coach

22 October 2017

Brazil are eyeing a fourth U-17 World Cup title in their 16th appearance.

With the crowd at their back, Brazil will feel home when they take on Germany in a mouthwatering Federation Internationale de Football Association under-17 World Cup quarterfinal clash here on Sunday. They have scored nine goals and leaked just once against fellow heavyweights Spain in their opener. I think all teams are prepared for competition like this.

"We know each match has its different history".

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File image of Brazil's Paulinho. Scoring four goals in four matches, which included a brace in pre-quarterfinal, the poacher would be a handful for the Brazilian centre-back pair to deal with. Both teams try to score. They have many individual good players but tactic is very European like. "We had these moments of losing concentration, losing the focus". We have been preparing since 2015, but one thing you can't control is the result.

Germany will be playing the match without suspended striker Dennis Jastrzembski of Hertha Berlin, and also have concerns around Freiburg midfielder Yannik Keitel's fitness.

Despite their brilliant run so far, Carlos-Amadeu-coached side were often blamed for not scoring enough goals against lesser opponents. "It's most important that we have learnt from that defeat and stood up", he said. But each match is hard and we are not going to get ahead of ourselves. We can lose players for injury and cards. "Whenever both teams play against each other it's always a world class affair", Amadeu said of their great rivalry. "We have tried to ensure that if a team beats us, it is only if they play better than us". We have received teams in Brazil as well.

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"This shows what kind of opportunity we have here".

Paulinho, who identified Cristiano Ronaldo as his inspiration due to his "ambition" and since he "always looks to better himself through practice", felt the presence of scouts from the best clubs around the world was not a pressure for his teammates. It's the highest game we had ever played. "It is very good to hear of them after the match, going to the dressing room and saying another game without conceding any goal".

"We could have won the last game with a bigger margin than we did", said Wueck.

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Champions in 1997, 1999 and 2003, Brazil are making their 16th appearance at the U-17 finals - a record they share with the US - and are looking to make at the semis for the sixth time. In a World Cup, it is necessary to get the best out of my players on the pitch. The Brazilian No 10 was rested for his country's third group match against Niger, but returned to set up all the three goals against Honduras, and he would definitely give the German defence something to ponder about.

Don't want to lose due to mistakes: Brazil U-17 coach