David Luiz is happy to take the responsibility of leading Brazil out in their huge World Cup semi-final against Germany.
As well as Neymar, the hosts will be without another key player on Tuesday – captain Thiago Silva, who was handed his second booking of the tournament for a block on Colombia’s David Ospina last Friday.
Brazil had appealed against the caution, but FIFA’s disciplinary committee refused to consider it – appeals against cautions are only permitted in exceptional circumstances.
That means Luiz will be the man who leads the Selecao in the Estadio Mineirao.
Luiz is renowned for his madcap moments on the pitch, but he takes the responsibility of captaining his nation very seriously.
The hopes of around 200 million Brazilians rest on his shoulders, but he has no qualms about leading the side in Belo Horizonte.
“I’m ready,” Luiz said.
“I’m vice-captain and this group is very easy to handle because everyone’s very down to earth.
“It won’t be a tough job at all.”