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Scolari: Spanish Media Want To Destabilize Neymar

Selecao coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, has once again hit back at Spanish press for continuously criticizing Brazil ‘wonderkid’ Neymar.

Scolari believes the media targets Neymar with stories about diving to get penalties as well as the controversy around his transfer from Santos to Barcelona to destabilize him ahead of the World Cup.

The 65-year-old claims there is a targeted campaign against Neymar to put him off his game, which would boost the title chances of the Spanish national team.

"Neymar's case is really simple, only those who close their eyes can't see it clearly for what it is," said Scolari, who guided Brazil to the 2002 World Cup title.

"Neymar is often criticised by the Spanish press because it has a vested interest that he is not at his best at the World Cup.

"We know that he is good, that he is a star. He was the decisive factor in Barcelona's games against both Real Madrid and Espanyol.

"In the last match against Atletico Madrid (1-1 in last week's last 16 first leg match), he was once again the difference.

"He unlocks a game. If he is considered the best player in the world it is because he deserves the accolade because he plays very well.”

Scolari also confirmed that his current tour through Europe is used to calm down his Selecao players ahead of his squad announcement on May 7.

"My list is already 95% done. This trip is mostly for psychological reasons,” he added.

“We are trying to calm down those players who will be selected so that they can perform at their best for their clubs, because it is the club which pays them.”

Do you agree with Scolari that Spanish media criticizes Neymar too much? Have your say in the comment section below.

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