The Selecao centre-back says that the 22-year-old is a great player and feels that the team can rely on him but admits that Chile are a big test in their second-round matchBrazil youngster Neymar is good enough to carry his side to World Cup glory, Thiago Silva believes.
The 22-year-old has been his side's star player at the tournament so far with some dazzling performances and is joint-top of the goalscorer charts with four in three games as the Selecao finished top of Group A.
"[Neymar] is an exciting talent," the captain told Times of India. "At 22, he can carry the team on his own, which is the sign of a great performer. We are really happy for him."
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"[It will be] really tough as Chile are playing superbly," he added. "They lost to Netherlands, who were the best team in their group but, before that, they had sent Spain, the world champions, home.
"In the qualifiers, too, they had performed well. So, we are in for a good exciting match."
The hosts are one of the favourites to win the competition this year as they look to secure the title for the sixth time and Silva says that they have to get used to the country's expectations.
"[The fans] feel we have the ability and talent to win the Hexa [sixth title] this year," he went on. "There's nothing wrong with the expectation but, in football, nothing goes according to what you wish.
"We are professional footballers. How to cope with the pressure is one of the things we have to learn."