An aggressive Luiz Felipe Scolari came out fighting in Fortaleza, insisting Brazil remain firmly on course for World Cup glory.
Brazil go into their World Cup quarter-final against Colombia at the Estadio Castelao on the back of a wave of negativity.
But Scolari, right, insisted his team were destined to win the World Cup before the tournament started and he is sticking by his words.
“Do we have one hand on the Cup? Yes,” the Brazilian said.
“Don’t forget those statements (I made about winning the World Cup before it started). They were all fantastic. Those statements could not be any different now. We are going on to the fifth step now. There are seven in total.”
Zico and Carlos Alberto have led the criticism of Scolari’s squad in recent days.
Neymar, Julio Cesar and David Luiz all broke down in tears after the shootout win against Chile while Neymar also looked overcome with emotion when he sang the national anthem earlier in the tournament.
Carlos Alberto, Brazil’s 1970 World Cup-winning captain, said recently: “The team is crying when they’re singing the national anthem, when they get hurt, when they take penalties. Stop crying!”