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Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville: Corinthians would need to stop Chelsea's midfield

Oscar in action for Chelsea
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Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes Corinthians need to stop Chelsea’s midfield should the two sides meet in the FIFA Club World Cup.

The 37-year-old, who now works as a commentator and pundit, won the tournament with United in 2008, following a 1-0 victory over Liga de Quito in the final.

Neville has offered the Brazilian side some advice ahead of this month’s competition in Japan, which is to stop the likes of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar.  

He said: "Chelsea have not been playing well. They look tired. I do not know to what extent this will weigh on this trip to Japan.

"If Corinthians really want to take a chance, they need to hold the midfield of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar.

"It is an impressive team. It has individuality and are excellent in one-on-one. It is a new Chelsea. I'm a fan of Oscar."

Chelsea will play Mexican club Monterrey in the semi-finals of tournament on Thursday, whilst Corinthians take on Egyptian side Al-Ahly.

The England coach also gave his opinion on Santos star Neymar and which league he believes the striker should move to.

Neville added: "I think he would do better in Spain. The climate, the language, the presence of other Brazilian players.

"The Premier League is difficult, but it was more in the past. Today we are more open to athletes from South America.

"Oscar is an excellent example. I was at the stadium for the game against Juventus in the Champions League. I followed his performance closely that night. Football in England is changing."


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