Juliano Belletti has accused Neymar of being “broken easily” following an anonymous display in Santos' 2-1 defeat at the hands of Corinthians.
The young Brazilian striker failed to make an impact in the first-leg of the State Championship final, with the former Barcelona and Chelsea full-back adding to his growing list of critics.
“Normally he does not play well against Tite, who have a game plan much like in Europe. With two lines of four he is well marked, there is always cover behind the player marking Neymar, this just neutralises him,” Belletti told SporTV.
“Neymar is broken very easily when he realises that the game is not for him.
“He has hardly appeared in the game [against Corinthians], he is not feeling confident enough to take on the responsibility that he assumed, and assumed well. This is lacking right now for Santos.”
However, the 36-year-old gave Neymar the benefit of the doubt, placing some of the blame on the rest of the team.
“He does not have a player that divides that responsibility with him. Previously you had Ganso, who shared some responsibility of this marking.”