Levein not shaken by Brazil test
Craig Levein insists he took some pleasure from Scotland's international friendly match against Brazil at the Emirates Stadium despite seeing his side outplayed for most of their 2-0 loss to the South Americans.
Neymar gave Brazil the lead just before the break and in the 76th minute the 19-year-old Santos striker was fouled by Scotland midfielder Charlie Adam inside the box before picking himself up to score from the penalty spot.
"I enjoyed it, I did," said Levein. "One thing is for certain, we won't have any tougher friendlies than that, that's for sure.
"I was looking forward to playing against Brazil as much as anybody. I think we can play better, anyone who watches our players knows that.
"But for me this week has been about getting the players together and developing a team mentality and that showed today and we have to take in to account the quality of opposition.
"There is always a thought in the back of your mind when you are playing against the quality of opposition that we played against today that we might get turned over but that didn't happen.
"I was really pleased by the way players stuck at it and worked their backsides off and I'm sure they have learned an awful lot, as I did."
"We knew about him beforehand," Levein said. "People were saying before the game that they were weakened because they had to bring in Neymar as a back-up, well we don't know if that is weakening any team.
"It's not just the quality of the players, you have to give Brazil the credit for pressing the match. They pressed higher up the field than previously, they didn't give our defenders any time at all to settle and play the ball to the midfield. So for me, their athleticism equals their technical ability."
Levein revealed that Adam was more disappointed than most of the Scottish players.
"The lads are disappointed," he said. "Charlie Adam in particular is disappointed in the way he played. I said to Charlie that it just shows him where he has come from in the last year or so.
"There were some people this morning talking about Charlie being as good as anyone on the pitch and that is the level of performance that Charlie is expected to put in these days.
"He recognises that and it was refreshing to hear him say he felt he could have played a lot better today. But he played his part in the team effort, that's for sure."
"I think that could only be good for Neymar as it would be a confirmation of his development," Menezes said.
"English football would make him stronger and help to escape strong marking. I don't see any problem. But Brazil fans will be deprived of watching a good player."
Menezes was diplomacy personified when asked if any of the Scottish players had impressed him.
"Scotland does not depend on individuals, it is a collective work," he said. They had players missing like Darren Fletcher, who is important for Scotland and Manchester United, so they certainly have good individual players some of whom play in England.
"But Brazil controlled the game well so we could not see anything of their individual players."