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Brazil captain Thiago Silva: Let’s win the World Cup for Neymar

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Brazil captain Thiago Silva is looking to use Neymar’s injury as inspiration for himself and his team mates by winning the World Cup for the Barcelona ace.

The Paris Saint-Germain defender acknowledged how big a blow it is to Luiz Felipe Scolari’s team to lose the talented attacker.

But speaking after their 2-1 win over Colombia, a game in which Silva scored the opening goal and performed exceptionally throughout, he told the BBC how they can use Neymar’s injury as a revolution.

Silva said: “Neymar is very important for our group, we depend a lot on him.

“But potentially this situation can mark a revolution for us, like ‘let’s win the Cup for Neymar'.”

Although frustrated that the star forward suffered a back injury, the Brazil captain didn’t criticise Juan Camilo Zúñiga too much.

It was Zúñiga’s challenge through the back of Neymar which caused the Barcelona ace to suffer a fractured vertebra.

However, Silva doesn’t think the Colombia is not a bad guy, he added: “At that moment, he wasn’t very prudent, he could have held up a bit, fouled in a different way.

“He is not a bad guy though.”

If Brazil are to win the World Cup though, they'll need to progress past Germany without Neymar and Silva, who is suspended after picking up a second booking of the tournament against Colombia.


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