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Brazil duo remain confident

Willian and Bernard are both hopeful Brazil will win the World Cup without injured talisman Neymar.

The two players in contention to replace Neymar in Brazil's World Cup semi-final line-up against Germany on Tuesday are backing the squad to go all the way.

Neymar fractured a vertebra during the 2-1 victory in the quarter-final against Colombia on Friday, and will miss the remainder of the competition.

Although his loss will be felt by the Brazil team, both Willian and Bernard are confident the squad still has enough quality to win the tournament.

Willian, who insists he is fully fit despite taking a knock in training on Saturday, said: "Neymar sets the standard for us. He is capable of deciding any game, so playing without him will be difficult.

"We know the quality that we have. We are all very sad at losing him but we are now even stronger after what happened and we can continue to pursue our dream."

And Shakhtar Donetsk winger Bernard echoed the sentiments of the Chelsea midfielder regarding Brazil's chances of success.

Bernard said: "We were all very sad at the situation and also because Neymar was very sad. Of course the whole group has felt his loss.

"He is a big loss not just as a player but also as a person. He is always smiling and saying positive things.

"But we have to be calm and overcome it. We know that we have other players who will be able to replace him."