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Monday, June 28, 2010
Luis Fabiano fires warning to Dutch

Soccernet staff

Luis Fabiano has warned Netherlands that having beaten Chile 3-0 on Monday night, Brazil are full of confidence heading into the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

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Dunga's Brazil produced a commanding display at Ellis Park as goals from Juan, Luis Fabiano and Robinho secured a comfortable victory over a Chile side that had been expected to provide a stern test for their South American rivals.

Brazil also topped Group G without losing a game and now approach Friday's quarter-final against Netherlands in fine form, according to the man who has scored three goals in his country's march to the last eight.

"We are doing well as a team, we are improving ball possession and we are able to create good play," Fabiano told Sky Sport Italia.

"Holland? We have discovered that we have great qualities, if we play like this then we can go very far."

Brazil have now won five straight second round games at the World Cup finals and Dunga believes their latest victory is evidence of the growing belief within a squad that has won both the Confederations Cup and the Copa America under their current manager.

However, Dunga remains cautious of a Netherlands side that boasts a perfect record in South Africa without having yet performed to their full potential.

"We know there is always this expectation that Brazil will be the winners but being the favourite does not allow you to win the World Cup," Dunga said. "Some people doubted that we would perform but as we go along that confidence is growing and growing and we hope to make it to the final.

"Holland have a great World Cup tradition and they are very similar to the South American teams so we have to be extremely careful. We have to be prepared to deal with extremely technical, excellent players. They are a solid team."

Dunga does have a slight concern surrounding star playmaker Kaka who returned from suspension against Chile, only to pick up another yellow card from referee Howard Webb. The coach will impress on Kaka the need to avoid further disciplinary action.

"It is a problem - I don't want Kaka to be out suspended,'' he said. "It looks as though the technical players are punished and those who commit fouls aren't always. This started happening in the group phase and we are going to talk about this with Kaka. It is a concern for him but we don't want to get bogged down with the issue.''

Defeated Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa would not speculate on his future following the country's exit and instead praised Brazil for their ruthless efficiency in front of goal.

"The scoreline could have been less high but Brazil's superiority was too much for us, they took advantage of every crack we had in our defence," Bielsa said. "In terms of my own position, for the time being the situation is not right to evaluate what to do next."




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