Photo: Spanish National team
“Brazil and Spain are favorites in any competition. Today, Spain is the best team in the world, they are the favorites. But on the field, you have to play soccer,” the 21-year-old forward told a press conference.
Brazil, he said, needs to maintain its attacking style and to play “as in a practice, without fear of taking risks.”
Neymar called it a “great honor” to face Spain in Sunday’s final at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracana stadium, singing the praises of Spanish stalwarts such as Iniesta, Xavi, Pedro, Sergio Ramos and goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
Predicting a Brazil win, the recent FC Barcelona signing said he expects Sunday to deliver a “match that pleases everyone who likes soccer.”
“To reach the final was our objective. To meet again my future (Barcelona) teammates is a very great honor,” Neymar said. “I wished them luck before, but not now. Let it be a great match and let us be the champions. ”