Belgium's players 'cannot wait' to face Brazil says Roberto Martinez

Belgium's players 'cannot wait' to face Brazil says Roberto Martinez

Belgium's players 'cannot wait' to face Brazil says Roberto Martinez

Come Friday, Willian has nonetheless made it clear that their friendship will take on minimal significance as the 29-year-old eyes another eye-catching performance to propel Brazil to the semi-finals in Russian Federation.

Those expectations have since been tempered after Belgium sneaked into the last eight following a last-gasp 3-2 win over Japan. You are a Brazilian journalist?

But his impressive goalscoring prowess and his aim to be remembered as Belgian's most successful goalscorer faces its sternest test in Kazan against a Selecao defence that has conceded only once in four World Cup games so far.

"We want to invent something special", the mayor said, TASS reported.

The dominant win over the Mexicans cemented Brazil's status as favourites to win a record-extending sixth World Cup trophy but Tite said it would take a whole team effort to get past Roberto Martinez's Belgium and their array of attacking stars.

Kompany insisted his team were losing no sleep over Brazil's attack ahead of Friday's blockbuster clash in Kazan.

'Perhaps we should be talking about the officials?,' he added.

"If I seem more relaxed, it's because the players have put me in this position by playing better", said Tite.

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'If the defenders manage to stop Neymar without fouling him then he can not stay on the floor for too long, ' Rivaldo, a 2002 World Cup victor, said. "It can be that simple and this squad is ready for that".

Martinez faces a tricky decision about his lineup, with Nacer Chadli and Marouane Fellaini pressing for starts after coming off the bench against Japan to turn the game around. "I know we will remain friends after".

"If the match comes down to a duel of individualities, we have no chance", said Kompany.

Chelsea have been well represented in Russian Federation, with the Blues star duo two of those lucky enough to still be in the competition after a dramatic group stage and last 16 phase.

"A leader like Kompany has to show confidence to his team-mates, just as the more experienced players have to show confidence through our actions to our own team-mates".

Vercauteren said before the tournament that Russian Federation represented "perhaps one of the last chances for this generation of players to live up to expectations, because in 2022 a lot of them won´t be there".

"We can enjoy it from the first minute", Martinez said. Even more is expected from Neymar, whose pace, technique and vision allied to Willian's slick wide movement give Brazil a more direct dimension. "I think it will be the match of the tournament".

The victor will play France or Uruguay in the semifinals in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.

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