How Chile plan to stop Brazil star Neymar

Neymar

Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli talks about how his side will deal with Brazil's star striker in their World Cup round-of-16 match on Saturday.

Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli insists that his side are ready to 'neutralise' Brazil star Neymar in their upcoming Round-of-16 clash at the World Cup.

Sampaoli says that Chile plan to crowd the Barcelona forward whenever he gets on the ball in order to limit the influence he has on the game.

"We will be working in a system to be very close to Neymar when he is in possession of the ball," he said.

"It is not a personal or individual prosecution, but as a group that will allow us to neutralize a player that is playing a great World Cup and has worldwide-noted skills."

Neymar has excelled so far in the tournament despite the hosts turning in some slightly disappointing performances.

Brazil beat Croatia 3-1 in a tight opening match before drawing 0-0 with Mexico, and then wrapped up the group stage with a 4-1 win over Cameroon.

Neymar scored twice in the Cameroon game to take his tally to four goals in the tournament. He is tied with Argentina's Lionel Messi and Thomas Muller of Germany for the lead in the race to the Golden Boot.

  TeamPosAppsMinsShotsOn TargetGoalsConversion Rate (%)DribblesSuccessful Dribbles
Neymar Brazil FW 3 249 11 8 4 36.36 19 10

Sampaoli also says that Chile's own talisman, Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, will shake off injury to start against Brazil.

"On the Chile squad we think that Arturo Vidal is not even close to being 100% right but we also agreed with Juventus about the fact that we want him on the pitch because of a number of factors. Because he's brave, manly and because he's a symbol.

"Although we don't know how long he will last or whether he has recovered all his skills he is doing his best to be present as he was against Spain, giving a big effort."

After impressive performances in the group stage saw them advance ahead of Australia and reigning world champions Spain, Chile will be confident that they can pull off the upset against Brazil and head into the quarter-finals.

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