Not for the great controversy in Brazil for the recent performances of its highest figure. So much was the thing that a reference had to go out to defend his partner.
Thiago Silva came out on Tuesday in defense of Neymar, described the criticism against the winger as exaggerated and asked for “coherence” in the comments made against his teammate, which according to the player, are more related to the performance of the forward off the field than with his game.
“It is a very difficult situation. Although we know that we are under pressure from all sides, (Neymar’s) is a different pressure, it seems directed, personalized,” said the defender during a press conference in Manaus, the city where Brazil will be next Thursday. will face Uruguay, for the South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022.
Silva, 37, who completed 100 games for Canarinha on Sunday in the game against Colombia, was questioned about Neymar, after the forward pointed out that Qatar’s would possibly be his last World Cup.
According to the defender, Ney is aware of his work and has his own self-criticism, but the performance he had in the game against Colombia, last Sunday in Barranquilla, which ended tied without goals, has been overcharged.
“I hope he does not lose his joy, because he is a super special boy and he performs well,” he added.
Silva, who has been Canarinha captain on several occasions, also reacted to criticism of the Brazilian team, which remains undefeated and has practically one foot in the Qatar World Cup.
“We are being highly criticized for how we are playing and although we are not in the best of our moments, we have had positive results,” he emphasized.
Regarding the match with Uruguay, Silva assured that “it will not be easy”, because they come from a draw against Colombia and La Celeste from a bulky 3-0 defeat by Argentina. After nine straight games collecting wins in the South American qualifiers and a goalless draw against Colombia, Brazil is practically qualified for the World Cup in Qatar.
With 28 points, Brazil leads the qualifying rounds, followed by Argentina, which is in second position with 22 points.