Martinez names star key to Belgium in Brazil showdown

08 July, 2018, 04:14 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Marouane Fellaini Belgium 2018

The Seleção plummeted out of the World Cup on Friday after falling to defeat at the hands of Belgium in the quarter final, leaving Tite to pick up the pieces as criticism over his team selection reached boiling point.

The most talented Belgium team for decades face the ultimate test on Friday when they take on the five-time winners in Kazan for a place in the semi-finals.

The notion that Lukaku is a player who only scores goals in low pressure games against small teams can be fully put to bed now.

The core of that side remains in place in Russian Federation, where Belgium has won all four of its matches, including coming back from 2-0 down to beat Japan in the round of 16 with a thrilling counterattack in the final seconds of injury time.

"They always have a key to unlock any situation".

"But if it's going to be a collective performance from a smart team that knows how to play together and fight for each other, then we have a chance and that's the only thing I care about". We knew we had the conditions to go further and make history. "Naturally, we want to win but we are not expected to and that is an important difference".

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Even if you're not a fan of football it's pretty common knowledge that players like to "flop".

"But I think Rom is a player we know well because as a young man we saw his outstanding talent".

Asked by a Brazilian journalist what he would do if Neymar fell theatrically in front of him, Kompany turned the question back on his questioner.

"When you see him at the age of 19 coming into the Premier League and making the impact he had with West Brom and seeing that slowly he was adapting to playing 90 minutes". Against Brazil, it will not be about ball possession, but what you do with it. Ah, I see you're too scared to reply. Neymar will have to be careful not to pick up another booking as he would miss a semifinal should Brazil prevail.

"I think Kevin De Bruyne's influence in our team has been a lot deeper, a little bit more earlier, allowing his team to have the influence that we have in the final third and being a real playmaker for us".

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