Midfielder hails Barcelona man’s influence on Brazil but stressed they cannot afford to make any mistakes against Chile in the second round
By Stefan Coerts in Brasilia
Brazil midfielder Hernanes has singled out Neymar as the Selecao‘s undisputed star player following their 4-1 win over Cameroon at the Estadio Mane Garrincha on Monday and feels other teams might find it tough to find a way to stop the 22-year-old.
Neymar netted twice to guide Brazil to victory against Cameroon and to top spot in Group A and Hernanes has nothing but positive words for his team-mate.
“Neymar is an incredible player. He makes the difference with his individual quality,” the Inter midfielder told Goal.
“Fortunately for us, he is on our team. It’s up to our opponents to come up with a way to stop him.”
Brazil endured a difficult first half against Cameroon and Hernanes acknowledged that Volker Finke’s men caused the World Cup hosts some trouble.
“It is always difficult to play against African teams, because they are very strong physically. It was our responsibility to win here.
“We had one or two difficult moments in the first half, but after the break we got into our rhythm. That’s our quality and in the end we managed to make the difference.”
Brazil meet Chile in the round of 16 and Hernanes has warned that Jorge Sampaoli’s men will not be push-overs.
“Chile will be another difficult game. At this stage every game is a final. You can no longer afford to make any mistakes. If you lose, your tournament is over.
“Chile have been in fine form and they have an amazing team. They have some superb players. It will be a real test for Brazil to show again what we can do.”