Scolari: “We’ll be playing for Neymar!”
No one doubts that losing Neymar for injuryÂ has beenÂ a big blow for the Brazilian National Team. He was the center figure of aÂ team which has had its sights set on winning the World CupÂ since the kickoff of the tournament and without hisÂ talent on the field,Â their chances of still going all the way have to necessarily be lower.
In order to attempt to counter that inevitability, ScolariÂ is hoping to use Neymar injury and absence as an extra motivational factor for what’s left in this World Cup. In his press-conference previewing this Tuesday’s semi-finals clashÂ against Germany, the Brazilian coachÂ deliveredÂ a public message to Neymar, the fans and his players, by asking them to be strong and play for the 22-year old footballer…
Scolari: “Neymar has left much of himself with us, but we already moved on fromÂ all that mourning stage we’ve been through. This group understands that he has done his part already and that we now must carry on by doing our end of the bargain too.”
Then came the public appeal,Â in another classic psychological play from the very experienced BrazilianÂ manager, who has already coach more than 20 different teams in his whole career.
Scolari: “Therefore, we won’t be playing only for ourselves anymore. Besides playing for our country and for everything we’ve imagined and have dreamed of, we’llÂ also play for Neymar and for all the things he has done for us.”
Brazil meets Germany this Tuesday night at the EstĂˇdio MineirĂŁo, in Belo Horizonte.