Kaka says preparation will be key for Brazil

Kaka says Brazil must avoid the off-the-field distractions of 2006

to have a shot at a sixth World Cup title next year in South

Africa.

The Real Madrid playmaker tells the Estado de S. Paulo

newspaper in its weekend edition that the team needs to use its two

weeks of practice time to “gain tranquility and to think about

getting focused.”

In 2006, the squad’s preparation in the lakeside resort town

in Weggis, Switzerland, was marked by a partying atmosphere that

players say was detrimental to the team’s focus. Many observers

blamed that for Brazil’s early departure, when it fell to France in

the quarterfinals.

Kaka says he believes Brazil is in the toughest World Cup

group, along with Portugal, Ivory Coast and North Korea.