“We need to be unified,” midfielder Erika told Reuters after Brazil’s last warm-up game, a 1-0 loss to Scotland.
“Nine defeats in a row for a Brazilian team that always wants to win is not normal but we are working hard and I think that whoever goes to the World Cup will go there stronger and more experienced and I am sure that we will go with a new mentality.
“This is the preparation phase. When we get there it will be 0-0 for everyone,” added the Corinthians midfielder.
Brazil are in Group C alongside Jamaia, Australia and Italy and will be aiming to surpass their best-ever finish in 2007 when they lost to Germany in the final.
They are now 10th in the world standings, their lowest ranking, and Erika acknowledged that will encourage their opponents.
“The other teams will see that we are weaker psychologically more than on the field, and they will not respect us as much,” she said.
“I think they can see that we are a bit weak and they will feel emboldened but that will change, we will have to make the other teams fear us.”
Part of Brazil’s problem has been the instability common at all levels of the game in South America.
They have changed coach five times since 2011, with the current boss back for a second stint in three years, and the only female coach controversially dismissed in 2017 after just 10 months in charge.
They may also be struggling to cope with a changing of the guard.
Star striker Marta, the only person to win the FIFA Player of the Year award six times, is still a force to be reckoned with but is now 33.
Stalwart midfielder Formiga is 41. Only five of the starting 11 against Scotland were in the 2015 World Cup squad.
Erika, however, insisted the South Americans are capable of springing what some might see as a surprise.
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