FORTALEZA, Brazil – Neymar is tired of all this talk about the pressure of playing the World Cup at home. He guarantees Brazil is emotionally ready for the challenge.
Just two days before Brazil plays Colombia in the quarterfinals, Neymar downplayed concerns about the team's emotional state and said "all players are prepared."
The hosts showed their nerves when Brazil narrowly avoided elimination in a difficult match against Chile in the second round, prompting the team's psychologist to be rushed to the training camp to talk to the players.
But Neymar said "nobody is struggling emotionally" and "all players are doing well" mentally.
Neymar also said he is physically fit for Friday's match in Fortaleza despite sustaining thigh and knee injuries against Chile.