"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".
"I've been speaking about it with a few of the boys", the defender said, according to British media. We have underestimated them for years.
Following some superb attacking displays, comparisons with the 1998 team that midfielder Ivan Rakitic - who was born in Switzerland to parents who originally hailed from Croatia - remembers so well were inevitably made.
"I am more mature and have more experience than at the last World Cup, and the team is more consistent", insisted Willian, who appeared from the bench in the 7-1 semi-final humiliation against Germany in 2014.
After averaging three goals a game in their four matches in Russian Federation en route to the last eight, Kompany told L'Equipe they must not alter their attack-minded strategy against the five-time champions. I don't think referees have been protecting him enough.
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.
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Zverev beat Taylor Fritz of the USA 6-4, 5-7, 6-7 (0), 6-1, 6-2 in a match that was suspended on Thursday after the third set. Keys, who was the US Open runner-up a year ago , crashed out 7-5 5-7 6-4 to the Russian on a baking hot Court Three.
"Maybe it's this sort of match that we needed for the future", said Hazard, the captain.
Not only has Belgium not won any of its games against South American teams in the knockout stages, it hasn't even managed to score a goal. "We have been briefed in detail about them and how they play, and I know them personally".
They will look to exploit a Belgium defence that has let through four goals and has a trio of big centre backs that may be exposed for pace by the nippy Neymar, Willian and Philippe Coutinho. Ah, I see you're too scared to reply. For the whole world, it's more on Brazil. The game will be held in Kazan will start at 21:00.
"In the ideal scenario, we get a very good result and we are able to play our brand of football". "We're not afraid. We're want to come up against the best".
Belgium were on the brink of another major tournament failure when trailing 2-0 with 21 minutes to play, only for a magnificent breakway goal by Nacer Chadli in the fourth minute of injury-time to cap a stunning fightback.