Brazil vs Belgium: Tite happy with ‘below-par’ Neymar

Lionel Messi strolls through Barcelona airport on his own upon arrival
Lionel Messi strolls through Barcelona airport on his own upon arrival

07 July, 2018

The Manchester City defendwe, who plays in defence for his country, has now turned his attention to Brazil rallying behind his troops to excel.

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Brazil coach Tite dismissed talk that his team is the favourite to win the match against Belgium, let alone the World Cup.

Neymar won his race to be fit in time to make Tite's final squad for Russian Federation after suffering a fractured metatarsal while playing for French champions Paris Saint-Germain in February, and he has scored two of Brazil's seven goals at the tournament so far.

"That is a compliment but it doesn't affect our chances against them. What interests us is to beat Brazil".

"These are situations that are bigger than sports, but their sporting competitiveness will help them cope with the current challenge".

"I think Neymar in the future will be the best in the world and I'm happy to be playing against him for the second time".

"Maybe it's this sort of match that we needed for the future", said Hazard, the captain.

Belgium produced one of the greatest World Cup comebacks ever in overturning a 2-0 deficit in the last 21 minutes of their round-of-16 tie with Japan.

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"We have developed an attractive style of football, we have scored a lot of goals and showed our good side", said Kompany.

"We will continue to work and rest well because Friday's game will be even more hard". "We are facing a huge game in the quarter-finals and it doesn't matter who the opponents are".

"We are following all the news and hoping every second that you see daylight again".

At the other end, Brazil's attack has clicked after a disappointing start to the tournament, and even Neymar's much-criticised histrionics could not completely overshadow a dominant performance against Mexico.

Neymar was asked about Osorio's comments but the Brazil manager Tite, who was sitting beside him, interrupted to say he would answer the question.

"You should look at the videos, all you have to do is look at images". You are a Brazilian journalist?

He added: "From what I have seen, Brazil are compact everywhere". Neymar will have to be careful not to pick up another booking as he would miss a semifinal should Brazil prevail.

"I don't think anyone expects us to go through to the semi-finals".

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