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Tough task ahead - Gomes

Posted on 15 June 2010  - 12:00

Heurelho Gomes believes this will be the toughest World Cup to win for the last 20 years.

Tough task ahead - Gomes

Heurelho Gomes believes this will be the toughest World Cup to win for the last 20 years.

Expectations are as high as ever for goalkeeper Gomes and his Brazilian team-mates although European champions Spain have taken the mantle of favourites for the crown in South Africa.

Brazil are also in the 'group of death' with Portugal, Ivory Coast and North Korea. They kick-off against North Korea this evening.

"There are many good teams," said Gomes, who played in Brazil's last two warm-up matches against Zimbabwe and Tanzania following injury to number one Julio Cesar, who is expected to be fit.

"England and Spain, German are always strong, Holland have a great squad. I think this is the toughest World Cup in the last 20 years. Many teams can win it and England have a chance.

"I think we have the most difficult group in the World Cup.

"Portugal have a strong squad and the Ivory Coast have the likes of Drogba, if he's fit, he's different class. It will be a big blow for Ivory Coast if Drogba doesn't make it.

"We need to start strongly against North Korea and if we get through the group we will have a good chance."

Gomes feels five-times winners Brazil - who last triumphed in 2002 - will relish the pressure.

"There is always a lot of pressure because the people just think about winning the competition. I like that pressure. Everyone here has the experience to cope."