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