Neymar not promising ‘a spectacle’


The Selecao are yet to dazzle with their renowned style of beautiful football, needing penalties to sink South American counterparts Chile which earned them a quarter-final date with continental rivals Colombia.

"You can't always enjoy yourself and win 4-0 or 5-0," Neymar, Brazil’s leading goal-scorer at the tournament with four goals, told reporters at a press conference.

"Football nowadays is so difficult, so even, that the team who is most committed on the pitch ends up winning."

The Brazilian superstar insists his team are more focused on the final result than playing an attractive brand of football.

"I don't want a show,” said the 22-year-old. “That's the last thing we are trying to do.

“We are not necessarily here to produce a spectacle. We are here to run to the end, until we are tired, and come out as winners.

"I would be happy to do nothing in this game if Brazil won 1-0. That would be marvellous."

Having suffered a number of heavy challenges in his side’s narrow victory over Chile on the weekend, Neymar was at risk of missing Brazil’s last eight clash in Fortaleza on Friday.

Yet the talented Barcelona front man has been passed fit, and when asked about his injury, he reassured the media, saying, "I am fine. You can relax."

Luiz Felipe Scolari was seen tinkering with various tactical set-ups in training, yet Neymar insists he is able to fit into any side his coach chooses.

"I can fit into any formation,” he said.

“We have an excellent coach whose job it is to decide how the team will play.

“With or without a centre-forward, we have to play football."

Brazil’s match-up against Colombia is scheduled for Friday evening at 10pm South African time.


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