Brazilian national team manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has started a war of words with Chelsea manager José Mourinho by saying that he feels Neymar is one of the best in the world. Mourinho started his mind games with Barcelona even at this stage itself. Neymar was recently found to have simulated in the 1-0 win over Celtic to get one of the opposition players sent off. Mourinho criticised this action of the Brazilian by saying that it was unwarranted. Scolari, though, is surprised that Mourinho has come out with this statement when it was totally unnecessary.
The former Chelsea manager thinks that it is because the Portuguese is beginning to start the mind games with the knowledge that Barcelona could come up against his team in the latter stages of the Champions league. At that time, he would have an advantage over Gerardo Martino. Neymar has been a successful signing from Barcelona so far. Even though he cost the club in excess of £ 50 million, he has been able to play at a consistently high level since the start of the season.
“Maybe he [Mourinho] knows that Neymar is now at the same level as Cristiano and Messi and can really hurt his team. The players know they will have to win the World Cup. If we are not good enough we will lose but if we work hard, as we have been doing in the last months, I can see us challenging for the title,” said Scolari, who was in charge of Chelsea only for a few months before being sacked due to poor results.
His presence has also helped Barcelona overcome the lack of Lionel Messi for much of the season. Neymar already wrote his name by scoring in his El Clasico debut. The Brazilian has five goals and nine assists this season.