The Daily Mirror reports, ahead of their semi-final with Germany, that Willian has put himself forward to step up and help emulate Neymar's influence to the team, as manager Luis Felipe Scolari prepares to make a big decision.
As Brazil's 22-year-old star man and their undisputed best player in the World Cup went down towards the climax of their quarter-final, the nation held it's breath and feared the worse, only to later find out that their nightmare had become reality.
The poster boy of the World cup has now been ruled out for the rest of the tournament, leaving a huge hole in the Brazilian attack. This is, of course a situation that the fans didn't even want to consider but now have to face.
Chelsea's Willian, who hasn't played much in this years campaign, has acknowledged that his team will find it difficult without their key player, but that they have prepared themselves for such an event.
"Neymar is a reference in the Brazilian national team unfortunately this has happened but we are prepared and this is a situation that has come up. Whichever option Scolari picks will do his very best," Willian told reporters.
"He is a benchmark player who makes a difference, takes responsibility and can decide a game, playing without him is difficult, but we know our group is strong.
"Maybe they cannot make a difference exactly like him, but they can make a difference. We are sad but even stronger so we can pursue our dream, get to the final and be champions."
As Brazil boss Scolari now faces a tough decision, Willian, 25 - who moved to Stamford Bridge from Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala last summer - has put himself himself forward to take on the role upsettingly departed by Neymar.
Although, the Chelsea man is confident he has the quality to start against Germany tomorrow night should he be chosen, he has also highlighted that there is no comparison between himself and his team mate.
He added: "There is no comparing Neymar. I won't make comparisons. Neymar has a lot of qualities. I have a different style, some similar qualities like we have similar speed and dribbling.
"But Neymar is a striker and I am a midfielder who serves my team-mates. Neymar scores a lot of goals. I am ready and if I am chosen I will do my very best."
The absence of captain Thiago Silva is arguably the most damaging and crucial factor, as he is set to miss their huge clash with Germany tomorrow night due to picking up a second yellow card of the tournament.
Even though Brazil have appealed against the ban, it seems extremely unlikely that the powers-that-be at FIFA will overturn their decision. Because of this, the hosts intend to protest by including Silva in their pre-match conference later today.
Willian, however, is still full of vibrant confidence and strongly believes that his team can overcome their German counterparts. As well as this, he is relishing the opportunity of facing his fellow Chelsea team mate, Andre Schurrle.
He continued: "Germany have a lot of quality playing together for some time now. They are very familiar with each other.
"Schurrle is a good player, very fast and we have to be very careful and listen carefully to what Scolari tells us. It will be a privilege to play in this game. It's what every player dreams of."
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