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Captain Thiago Silva hopes Brazil get the best out of mercurial Neymar

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Captain Thiago Silva knows Brazil face "fierce competition" in Qatar but feels the squad are relaxed as they prepare to kick off their bid for World Cup glory with their opening Group G game against Serbia.The Selecao headed to the Gulf state as number one in the FIFA rankings and qualified top of the South American CONMEBOL standings.It has been 20 years since Cafu lifted the trophy in Yokohama, with plenty of heartache since, including being humbled on home soil with a chastening 7-1 semi-final defeat by Germany in 2014.After being beaten by Belgium in the 2018 quarter-finals, Chelsea defender Silva knows there is an increased level of expectation to make a further impact in Qatar."We know that it is a fierce competition and we needed to be ready, first of all for the first match," the 38-year-old said."We all know the importance that the first match has to deal with our nerves and in that sense, we are confident that we will have a good performance."We truly believe in everything we have done up to today and are about to make our first appearance in the World Cup in a very favourable position, in the sense of being well in all ways."What I can tell the Brazil fans is please believe in us – rest assured that we are ready to do a great World Cup."It is obvious the title is still very far away, but we can dream on and that is what we do every day."Neymar is closing in on Pele's all-time scoring record, needing just two more to draw level with the Brazil great.Silva feels the 30-year-old, who missed the 2014 semi-final defeat through injury, can deliver again on the biggest stage."Now with a different preparation, without any injury and any worry, we see a better Neymar," Silva said."He is humble and our group will make

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