The Selecao, ranked an all-time low 22nd in the world in the latest FIFA rankings, defied recent critics with a convincing 3-0 win over France on Sunday, and the newly signed Barcelona forward believes his side has shown it is strong enough to lift the trophy for a second consecutive time, but this time on home soil. Brazil won the 2009 Confederations Cup by coming back from two goals down to defeat the USA in the final in South Africa 3-2.
“We weren’t playing for the critics, we were playing for ourselves. We don’t care what others are saying, the most important thing is what you demonstrate on the pitch,” Neymar told reporters after the match. “We proved that we can win the [Confederations Cup].”
Neymar has failed to score in his last seven outings after drawing another blank against Les Bleus on Sunday, but Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari insists he is happy with the 21-year-old's recent displays.
“I don’t agree [with the criticism]. My analysis is that Neymar has done exactly what I asked of him. The way he played left me satisfied," Scolari said.