Belgium Boss Defends His Tactics Surrounding Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne

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Everyone knew about the array of talent running through the Belgium side, from Thibaut Courtois in goal to Kevin De Bruyne in midfield and Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku up front.

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.

Manchester City star De Bruyne is yet to score at the World Cup but played a key part in Belgium's last-gasp victor against Japan in the round of 16, the Red Devils coming from two goals down to win 3-2.

"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".

"You have to find solutions, you have to find reaction but what you have to find more than anything is the desire and togetherness of a group of players, that they are desperate to perform", Martinez said.

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".

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

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

"Everything is open, up for grabs", he said.

Belgium, meanwhile, are the tournament's top scorers, banging in 12 goals in their four games so far. But we would like to play in our way, which has been our strength for a long time.

"Nature creates different whimsical shapes, but it's the first time that we came across a diamond looking just like a soccer ball", the group said in a statement.

Much of the focus surrounding Brazil's bid for a record-extending sixth world title has inevitably been on Neymar. "I am against all these opinions (on Neymar acting)".

Their win over Mexico showed textbook defending from the central pairing of Thiago Silva and Miranda, assisted by full backs Fagner and Filipe Luis.

De Bruyne impressed his national team manager for his strong personality and maturity, showing that he is a real leader on the pitch for Belgium, particularly in their last match against Japan.

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