Wednesday, June 4, 2014 10:59 pm
Brazil may be renowned for its ‘jogo bonito’, or beautiful game, but Neymar says winning is what counts as the World Cup hosts look to land their sixth title.
“Beautiful football is the last thing we are concerned about — what we want to do is to win,” insisted the starlet even though he produced plenty of style in scoring one and making two in Tuesday’s 4-0 friendly romp over Panama.
“Our team’s mentality is always the same — always beat any adversary, whoever they are,” the Barcelona star told the website of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).
“We always want to score goals and, if we can, play well” in the process.
Under coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, architect of their 2002 success, Brazil are relying on Neymar to provide the flair with a solid defence at his back as they prepare to deliver the home title the Selecao lost out on when they last hosted the event in 1950.
Brazil face Serbia in their final pre-tournament warm-up on Friday in Sao Paulo before they take on opening Group A rivals Croatia in the June 12 curtain-raiser.
Cameroon and Mexico make up the remainder of the group.