Players are over Neymar blow, says Scolari

Felipao told the media ahead of his side's clash with Germany that the Selecao can cope without their finest forward, who is sidelined with a broken vertebra
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil —Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari says his players have recovered from the psychological blow of losing Neymar and claims he has a game plan ready to beat Germany and reach Sunday's World Cup final.

The World Cup hosts face Joachim Low's side in the first semifinal at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday, but Neymar is out after suffering a fractured vertebra in Friday's last-eight victory over Colombia.

"Neymar has sacrificed a lot for us and he takes some of us with him as well," Scolari said at the pre-match press conference.

"He has done his job. His injury was a blow for us, but we have left that behind. When we knew he wouldn't be with us, we moved on.

"He spoke to the players and they were more at ease. He has done his share. Now the rest of have do their share - myself, Thiago Silva, the rest of the players.

"We are grateful for everything he has done for us and now we have to take that same mindset into what is a very important match."

Scolari tried out several different options in training on Monday and could use three defensive midfielders in his team on Tuesday.

"If we play with three midfielders, then the full backs will have more responsibility," he said.

"If we play with two then they will have less, but I will add something else to create more danger based on the characteristics of our rival and on the game. I know the starting lineup, but I won't reveal it.

"Neymar is not available, but we have 22 other players who were all hand-picked and they are here because they are special. We have a game plan and we want to take one more step up the ladder and play the final at home."