Alves hails Brazil creativity

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Brazil defender Daniel Alves expects tough games at the World Cup but believes his team's "quality and creativity" will be decisive.

The Canarinha, as usual, are among the favourites to win the tournament in South Africa.

"Although everyone knows how we play, Brazil have the capacity to surprise opponents," said Alves.

"What is important is to be ready for the opportunities we get.

"I think what makes our national team different is the quality and creativity that it has."

The Barcelona defender, meanwhile, has defended Brazil coach Dunga's tactics.

"To make changes would only drive us away from our path," said the Barcelona defender.

"We are on the right track and we have to finish in the same manner."

Brazil kick off their tournament against North Korea on Monday in Johannesburg, before further Group G games against Ivory Coast and Portugal.