I am running against the clock says Brazil coach Menezes

Rio de Janeiro: Brazil coach Mano Menezes has admitted that he faces a race against time to turn his side into genuine contenders to win the 2014 World Cup on home soil.

"We have to acknowledge that Brazil are not playing the best football in the world just now and that is the way it has been for some time now," Menezes said in an interview with the magazine Veja, in which he also admitted that Germany have set the example to follow.

"The Germans started a gradual process of renovation that has seen them improve over a number of years, and it is about time Brazil did the same thing," he continued.

"I am running against the clock, but there is still time to create a winning team."

Quarter-finalists at the recent Copa America, Brazil will not be involved in the long South American qualifying campaign for the 2014 World Cup finals because they qualify directly as hosts.

On Wednesday, the Selecao drew 0-0 with Argentina in a game that saw both sides feature line-ups comprised entirely of home-based players.

The two traditional continental superpowers will meet again in Belem in northern Brazil on September 28.

Bureau Report