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Willian hoping to replace Neymar for Brazil

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With Neymar rolling on the ground, holding his back and wailing like all good footballers seem to, you could feel the hearts of a nation drop, if you pardon the cliché.

Having their talisman carried off in a stretcher surely wasn’t in the script for these Brazilians, and a sense of disbelief seemed to spread around the country in the immediate aftermath.

What now for Brazil?

Having had a chance to settle down and reflect on a promisingly dominant and passionate performance, albeit scrappy, Brazilian fans may have realised that the end of Neymar’s World Cup doesn’t necessarily spell the end of Brazil’s.

The 22-year-old’s absence hands an opportunity to Chelsea’s new fan favourite; Willian.

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Willian: The right man

His defensive and attacking capabilities, accompanied by his seemingly endless running were apparent right from his Premier League debut against Norwich City, a game most notable for the Brazilian’s sensational finish to secure the win for The Blues.

Despite this promising start, a lack of goals and assists overshadowed his tireless performances, in the eyes of some fans, but these performances slowly began to get the fans onside, and managed to earn him a place in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s 23-man squad.

Talking after Neymar’s injury, the 25-year-old winger said, according to the Mirror: "It will be a privilege to play in this game [vs. Germany]. It's what every player dreams of.

"But Neymar is a striker and I am a midfielder who serves my teammates. Neymar scores a lot of goals. I am ready and if I am chosen I will do my very best."

Willian is ready to step up and take his chance, should his hard work and patience be rewarded with a starting spot in Scolari’s team, and is particularly looking forward to facing his Stamford Bridge teammate Andre Schurrle.

"Schurrle is a good player, very fast and we have to be very careful and listen carefully to what Scolari tells us."

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