‘We do not weaken without him’ – Alves says Brazil remain strong even without Neymar
Dani Alves believes Brazil are no weaker without Neymar as they chase success at the Copa America.
Neymar was ruled out of the tournament due to an ankle injury in what was a blow to the hosts, who got their campaign underway with a 3-0 win over Bolivia on Friday.
While Alves praised the Paris Saint-Germain star’s quality, the Selecao captain feels Brazil are no weaker without the 27-year-old.
“I believe that every time we come to the national team, we wear this shirt, we have to prove it, regardless of whether or not Neymar is there, we have to prove it because we represent a historical team, very respected worldwide,” he told a news conference on Sunday.
“But when you have an extra, like Ney, you become a little stronger. But you do not weaken without it, you only increase your qualities, you increase your power, but you do not diminish without him.
“Our responsibility remains the same – we represent a history and we have to defend this history with great honour.”