Brazil manager Tite changes tune about Neymar diving

Brazil manager Tite changes tune about Neymar diving

Brazil manager Tite changes tune about Neymar diving

Belgium's three central defenders are all imposing figures but two of them, Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen, are the wrong side of 30.

"I've been delighted with Kevin De Bruyne's role, his understanding of his importance in this group and the way we want to play".

Brazil head coach Tite admitted Neymar has not been at his best during the World Cup but defended the star's performances, saying he has been "participating collectively".

England became the last team to qualify for the quarter-finals after a dramatic penalty shootout as favourites Brazil and fancied France trained their sights on their last-eight opponents.

"That is a compliment but it doesn't affect our chances against them".

He said: "We have a great deal of respect for them".

But Ronaldo said Neymar - who is one of the most fouled players in the entire tournament - needed more protecting.

"We are going to look them in the eye".

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"We can enjoy it from the first minute", Martinez said.

The much-lauded midfield struggled in the Round of 16 tie against a Japan side who never gave them time on the ball and it was only when Marouane Fellaini came on in the second half to provide some muscle that Belgium took control of the contest.

"We will continue to work and rest well because Friday's game will be even more hard". Neutral fans appreciate good football, like the Netherlands used to play. "At least I hope we can".

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.

"What is important in football is that you have a style where players can take it to the elite level", he said. You are a Brazilian journalist?

'It's like playing in the school playground and you have a 16-year-old playing against the 11-year-olds, It's like that he's too big and too strong for everyone, ' Ferdinand explained. Neymar will have to be careful not to pick up another booking as he would miss a semifinal should Brazil prevail. All he needs is the goal and you've got the ideal centre forward performance'.

"Whether that's realistic I don't know, Brazil are an incredible team but there is not one day I go to bed thinking "what if we lose"?"

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