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Scolari says revamped Mexico team set to bring problems to Brazil in 2nd World Cup match

  • Brazil's national soccer team players train during an official training session the day before the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Mexico, at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014.  (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    Brazil's national soccer team players train during an official training session the day before the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Mexico, at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Brazil's Neymar kicks the ball during an official training session the day before the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Mexico, at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    Brazil's Neymar kicks the ball during an official training session the day before the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Mexico, at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)  (The Associated Press)

A year after Brazil struggled to beat old rival Mexico in the Confederations Cup, Luiz Felipe Scolari says he is bracing for another hard time from the Central Americans when they meet in the World Cup on Tuesday.

Having labored to a 2-0 victory in the 2013 warmup tournament, Scolari said "we know that it's never easy when we play Mexico."

What's more, Mexico has changed a lot since Brazil last faced El Tri.

Scolari said "we can't forget that Mexico's national team has had three coaches in the last 12 months. That means they also changed the way they play."

Both teams now have their eyes on a place in the second round after making winning starts in Group A. Brazil beat Croatia 3-1 and Mexico edged Cameroon 1-0.