Neymar ignoring Confederations Cup pressure

The Brazil star says he is a "cool guy" and insists that any focus on him from the press will not affect his performances in the tournament
Brazil striker Neymar insists that he does not feel pressure as his country prepares to host the Confederations Cup.

The Selecao begin their campaign against Japan on Saturday and the 21-year-old says he is trying to ignore any praise or criticism that comes his team's way.

"I'm a cool guy. I don't care about pressure," Neymar said at a press conference. "I always try to keep it normal, even with all praise and criticism. It's up to me and my teammates to guide the Selecao to important titles."

Neymar has been the talk of the soccer world since signing with Barcelona earlier this month, but he understands that it's going to take a team effort for Brazil to win the Confederations Cup.

"Every player has his importance for the group. If one is more talked than the other, it doesn't matter in here," he said. "It's a group where everybody will get together to take Brazil the the Confederations Cup title.

"Brazilian football is blessed, because it always has great players representing the team, and not just one. We have 10, 15 important players, even more."

Neymar, who signed a five-year deal with Barcelona from Brazil's Santos, would welcome the opportunity to face Spain in the final of the competition.

"[Spain is] a great national team, with players that are out of this world. They are one of the favorites," he said. "It would be a dream to play them on a final but I would do my best to help the Selecao win the title."

Brazil goes into the competition as defending champions having triumphed in 2009.