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Defense is one of Brazil's concerns ahead of World Cup opener against Croatia

  • Brazil's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari directs his players during a training session of the Brazilian national socccer team at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Monday, June 9, 2014. Brazil plays in group A of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

    Brazil's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari directs his players during a training session of the Brazilian national socccer team at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Monday, June 9, 2014. Brazil plays in group A of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)  (The Associated Press)

  • Brazil's Maicon, left, and Ramires practice during a training session of the Brazilian national soccer team, at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Monday, June 9, 2014. Brazil plays in group A of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

    Brazil's Maicon, left, and Ramires practice during a training session of the Brazilian national soccer team, at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Monday, June 9, 2014. Brazil plays in group A of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)  (The Associated Press)

  • Brazil's David Luiz practices during a training session of the Brazilian national soccer team, at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Monday, June 9, 2014. Brazil plays in group A of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

    Brazil's David Luiz practices during a training session of the Brazilian national soccer team, at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Monday, June 9, 2014. Brazil plays in group A of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)  (The Associated Press)

Brazil enters its final days of preparations for the World Cup paying extra attention to its defense.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari spent part of the team's training session on Monday making adjustments to the defensive setup, stopping practice several times to reposition players until he was satisfied.

Although Brazil didn't concede a goal in its two warm-up matches before the World Cup, Scolari said he was not completely satisfied with how his squad played defensively. He didn't even like how the team practiced at times, and publicly said his players were giving up too much space for counterattacks.

Right back Daniel Alves acknowledged that Brazil's defense isn't perfect, and said they are working to improve it before the opener against Croatia on Thursday.