We always play to win: Neymar

Published: 16 November, 2013 04:26 IST | PA Sport |

Barcelona striker Neymar says Brazil are treating all of their friendly matches like World Cup finals ahead of next summer's showpiece as the host nation look to get in prime condition going into the tournament.

Having not had to go through qualifying to secure their spot in the World Cup, Brazil could find themselves short of competitive action heading into their opening match.


Neymar said ahead of today’s encounter with Honduras: “We’re playing all the friendlies as if they were the final of the World Cup. For everyone it’s like a cup final, we always play to win.

“The aim is to win the World Cup. We know that the pressure is very big, that we’re practically obliged to win it, but we also know that it is difficult and we are working hard to try and achieve our dream.”

Brazil will be without captain Thiago Silva for this weekend’s match. Even though the PSG defender has recovered from the injury, Scolari has opted to keep him under wraps until next Tuesday’s friendly with Chile.

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