Football: Make the final for Neymar, implores Scolari
Published on Jul 8, 2014 6:23 AM
BELO HORIZONTE (AFP) - Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has urged his squad to use star striker Neymar's loss to a back injury as motivation when they face Germany in the semi-finals of the World Cup on Tuesday, Brazil, July 8, 2014.
The 22-year-old will miss the remainder of the tournament after suffering a broken vertebrae towards the end of his side's 2-1 quarter-final win against Colombia.
"I think the additional motivation we must have in every match is going up another step and getting closer to our objective of the final," Scolari said on Monday.
"The way Neymar spoke to the players made them understand that he had done his share and now we need to do our share.
"Myself, the other players, all the Brazilian people. This match is very important, it could take us to the final.
"We are playing for our country, it is everything we imagined and dreamed of, and also for Neymar."
Scolari's roughhouse tactics in getting his side into the last four have been heavily criticised as they committed a tournament high 31 fouls in overcoming Colombia.
And the former Chelsea boss admitted they haven't gone about their business in the most aesthetically pleasing manner on home soil.
"We are doing everything step-by-step, not always in the most beautiful way but we are getting closer to playing the final at home and so everything is as scheduled."