Neymar: “We proved we can win the Confederations Cup”
Following the victory over France, Barcelona’s new striker sent out a message to the staunch critics of Brazil in recent weeks.
Neymar, Brazil’s star player, dodged the recent criticism aimed at the hosts of next year’s World Cup and the player himself after his ninth game in a row without getting on the scoresheet (including his games for Santos). Following the resounding victory against France, Barcelona’s new striker insisted that they didn’t play to silence the critics and had sent out a declaration of intent for the Confederations Cup.
“We weren’t playing for the critics, we were playing for ourselves. We don’t care what others are saying, the most important thing is what you demonstrate on the pitch,” Neymar told the media after the France game. “We proved that we can win the competition (the Confederations Cup). This victory gives us confidence,” he added.
Meanwhile Brazil coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, defended Neymar and the criticism he has received for his recent performances, insisting that he has lived up to expectations: “I don’t agree (that Neymar hasn’t played well),” he said in a press conference. “My analysis is that Neymar has done exactly what I asked of him. The way he played left me satisfied.”