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Bayern’s Brazilian interviewed

Dante: We’re under more pressure

Bayern star Dante has yet to appear for Brazil at the World Cup, but his big moment may still arrive in the last four clash with Germany, as home captain Thiago Silva is suspended. Munich’s 30-year-old centre-back admitted he was “definitely a bit fired up” at the prospect of facing his FCB team-mates, as he told reporters following Brazil’s quarter-final win against Colombia.

Would you not rather have had Brazil v Germany as the Final?
Dante: “We have to live with the situation. We know Germany are in great shape and played very, very well against France. All their players are skilful. Germany are a strong, compact team, and I know them well. They have lots of quality, but we’ll work as hard as we can to beat them.”

What makes Joachim Löw’s team dangerous?
“Their biggest weapon is the ability to cope with every situation in a match, even if they know they’re under pressure. They don’t have one special player you have to watch out for, but they’re very, very strong as a team.”

Could home advantage be decisive?
“Not as much at this stage. The Germans have acclimatised to the heat and the turf, but maybe the fans could give us the edge. We’re at home so it has to be an advantage.”

Thiago Silva is suspended, so will you play instead?
“I don’t know yet but it doesn’t matter. Henrique and I are ready to step in, so we’ll see what [coach Luiz Felipe] Scolari decides.”

How will you feel if you play?
“There’s nothing better, it’s the best thing there is. I’d be playing at home in the World Cup, and my life is in Germany.”

Could your experience help the team
“Yes and no, because all the players are very experienced. But if I play, I’ll give my all and use my experience for the team. I’m looking forward to it and I’m definitely a bit fired up.”

Are the Bayern players communicating during the tournament?
“Of course, I always wish every player lots of luck before he plays. We’re staying in touch because we’re colleagues.”

Which team is under more pressure?
“We’re at home so we’re under more pressure. But Germany are one of the favourites too.”