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Pelé: Brazil Must Avoid Spain

Brazilian legend Pelé claimed that Brazil's best chance at success in the upcoming World Cup is to avoid playing against Spain.

Though Brazil thoroughly dismantled Spain 3-0 in the 2013 Confederations Cup final, Pelé believes La Roja have few weaknesses and could prove difficult for Brazil to defeat again.

"The most important thing for Brazil is that they don’t meet Spain," Pelé told GQ magazine.

"The only good thing about Spain from our perspective is that they play a clean game. They like to play and they allow the other side to play, and that’s important for a team like Brazil.

"Spain is a side that plays modern football. The closest thing that there’s been in the past was the ‘Clockwork Orange’ in the '70s.

"The Spanish team has the same way of finding space and playing the ball, with that special characteristic of pressing high up the pitch."

The three-time World Cup winner voiced his confidence in Brazil’s defence, which includes the likes of David Luiz, Dani Alvez and Thiago Silva, but he also mentioned that Brazil’s attack could use some work.

"In the run up to World Cups, Brazil had an attack that was amongst the best in the world, although there were always comments that the defence wasn’t so solid," he added.

"This year, however, we have a team that’s very good from the middle of the pitch backwards, but we need to sort out our front line. And that’s the first time that’s happened to Brazil."

Brazil has played against Spain in the World Cup five times before, winning three of those matches, drawing one and losing their first meeting in 1934.

Do you think Spain could spoil Brazil's World Cup hopes? Have your say in the comments section below.

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