Lucio fears defeat
By Thomas Zeh
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lucio says he cannot afford to lose against Germany the Confederations Cup.Brazilian international Lucio says he cannot afford to lose against Germany in Saturday's Confederations Cup semi-final without risking his Bayern Munich team-mates mocking him in the dressing room next season.
While Germany cruised into the semis as group winners, Brazil had to settle for second and Lucio believes his German team-mates will tease him all season if the hosts have the upper hand against the Selecao.
"I cannot wait to face my Bayern team-mates and I cannot bear the thought of losing against [Michael] Ballack, [Bastian] Schweinsteiger, [Oliver] Kahn and [Sebastian] Deisler," declared the World Cup-winning defender ahead of the clash in Nuremberg.
While Kahn will be rested, with Arsenal's Jens Lehmann set to start, and Schweinsteiger suspended due to his second booking, Germany skipper Ballack and the improving Deisler are expected to lead Germany's midfield.
"My Bayern team-mate Ze Roberto and I can offer a few tips, but our coach has the Germany players on video anyhow," added Lucio.
Brazil boss Carlos Alberto Parreira expects another exhausting test against Germany after his star-laden team looked tired against Japan.
"To play the home team is very difficult in any competition," he said. "This is a very important match for Germany and we expect a lot from them.
"My players have had a long season, then they came for World Cup qualifying matches and we had just a day's break before coming here. It's a mental problem as well as a physical one."