Robinho sends warning
Robinho believes that Brazil are ready to mount a World Cup challenge after victory over Italy.
Last Updated: 11/02/09 5:26pm
Robinho insists that Brazil are starting to show their quality ahead of next year's World Cup.
The Manchester City striker scored the clinching goal in a 2-0 victory over Italy at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.
Brazil were criticised last year for some disappointing performances, including goalless draws against Bolivia and Colombia, in the South American World Cup qualifying group.
But now Robinho thinks they are close to firing on all cylinders.
"We have started this year on the right foot. Against Italy it is always difficult to win. Everyone is leaving here happy," he said.
"It should be noted that we won well against a great team, the world champions. Moreover, we moved well as a team. Right from the start of the game, we played the ball well, imposing from then our rhythm of play.
"When we do that it is very difficult for our opponents. We showed our quality, we won and we did it in convincing fashion."
The former Real Madrid player thinks that the team is being brought closer together as they prepare for the finals in South Africa.
"I think the group is becoming closer all the time," he added.
"Every day that we play together, we talk more, although we did not have much time to train this time. I really believe this group are ready to do well in the Confederations Cup, and then afterwards in the World Cup too."