Julio Cesar backs Brazil, hails Messi
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Goalkeeper Julio Cesar has insisted Brazil will, like Argentina, come good at the Copa America, telling reporters they would iron out their early problems.

The critics have rounded on the team after draws with Venezuela and Paraguay, with the latter point being snatched only thanks to Fred's last-minute equaliser.

But Julio Cesar reckons Brazil, who are seeking a third straight continental crown, will find their form against Ecuador - just as hosts Argentina did against Costa Rica.

The 31-year-old stressed that coach Mano Manezes is, some experienced names such as himself aside, blooding a young team with an eye on the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, which they will host. At the same time, he says their selection for the squad means they are good enough and must show it.

Julio Cesar said: "The young players who are in the team at the Copa America are experienced and know they are important for the team.

"In the next game we have to shut the critics up, as a decisive match awaits us to continue in the Copa America and we have to show out best football to get a win and underpin confidence for the next phase."

Nobody discusses his qualities and yet he is exceptional. At the same time he is getting criticism.
Julio Cesar on Lionel Messi

Julio Cesar added he found it strange that Argentina star Lionel Messi had come in for such stark criticism after his own team's slow start.

"Nobody discusses his qualities and yet he is exceptional," said the Inter Milan man. "At the same time he is getting criticism."

With Argentina having renewed their love affair with the fans by beating Costa Rica, with Messi producing a superb performance, Julio Cesar said he hoped that "if we prduce an excellent showing against Ecuador the praise will rain down on Brazil once more."

He explained coach Menezes "is just putting a team together and it's always a tough job to start with."