Brazil defender Silva warns of Egypt’s counter-attacks

Mahmoud Mohamed, Saturday 12 Nov 2011

Brazil and AC Milan defender Thiago Silva says Egypt can pose a threat on the break during Monday’s friendly game

Thiago Silva
Brazil and AC Milan defender Thiago Silva

Brazil’s central defender Thiago Silva said on Saturday the five-time world champions are likely to face a stiff test against African champions Egypt in Monday’s highly-anticipated friendly game.

Egypt, who lost 4-3 to Brazil in a thrilling FIFA Confederations Cup game two years ago, meet the Selecao again at Al Rayyan Stadium in Qatari capital Doha.

''It's a tough game. Nowadays you hardly play an easy game, even more with their team, they have fast players in attack,” AC Milan defender Silva told the pre-match news conference.

 “In the counter-attack, we could suffer greatly, but if were focused and do what we do with our clubs, we'll be able to handle them.''

Silva started on the bench before coming on as a late substitute in Brazil’s 2-0 friendly victory at Gabon on Thursday. He is likely to be included in the team’s starting lineup against Egypt.

''Most players always dreamed of playing for the Selecao, and with me it's no different. Whenever he (Menezes) calls me up, I'll be ready. It's a dream come true and now that I’m here, I want to play,” he added.

The match will mark the debut of Egypt’s American coach Bob Bradley, who took over at the Pharaohs following the departure of Hassan Shehata. The game kicks off at 17:00 GMT.

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