News ID: 204417
Published: 0334 GMT November 15, 2017

Neymar: We tried everything against England

Neymar: We tried everything against England
Neymar of Brazil (R) challenges England’s Kyle Walker for the ball during a goalless friendly in Wembley Stadium on November 14, 2017.
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Neymar said Brazil "tried everything" to break down an England side which held the South American giant to a goalless draw at Wembley on Tuesday.

Tite's men were frustrated by Gareth Southgate's injury-hit England team, for whom Joe Gomez was named man of the match on his first international start, FourFourTwo reported.

Despite the lack of goals, Neymar was satisfied by a performance that rounds off a year in which Brazil lost just one of 11 matches.

"We tried everything," he said.

"We had possession, we had chances to score, but we knew this was a squad used to defending more than other teams.

"But I'm satisfied with our game. We didn't give chances to our opponents, we tried to create some. We made things difficult for them and that's a good thing for us.

"It's a good way of training, of working, of seeing what's lacking so that we could win, score.

"But I'm happy with the year we've had, that we will end it in a good manner, and that's all that matters."

Asked whether opposition teams set up expecting Brazil to dominate, Neymar added, "Yes, maybe. But that's always a surprise for me.

"Against Japan [a 3-1 victory] we had to be very defensive. You never know. Each team has a style but I guess most of our games will be as demanding as the one today."

 

   
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