Brazil favourites in ‘dream’ clash - Belgian coach

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

At a World Cup rocked repeatedly by the fall of giants, Brazil and Belgium have managed to hold firm in the maelstrom and will meet in a blockbuster quarter-final in Kazan on Friday.

"I think it's a game that when you are a little boy, you dream of being involved in a World Cup, facing Brazil in a quarter-final", he said, "so from our point of view we can enjoy from the first second".

"To develop the relationship we have with players with different characteristics [you must change sometimes], but it doesn't mean players can't be decisive". We have to defend as well as we can and then punish them when we have the ball.

Everything you need to know ahead of Brazil and Belgium's quarter-final match on Friday.

"That's what this World Cup is all about", Martinez told reporters on Wednesday.

He said too their electrifying triumph against Japan had brought a renewed sense of confidence in the team.

However, for the Brazil team, they will have a lot of areas to contain when they clash with Belgium as the European giants pose a potent threat from everywhere.

"Individually, Brazil are the strongest team in this World Cup", Kompany, who made the last of his global appearances as a substitute in the 1-0 win over England, told reporters.

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"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"?"

The Red Devils were made to work hard in their round of 16 clash with Japan on Monday, as they came back from two goals down to beat the Blue Samurai 3-2 thanks to a stoppage-time victor from Nacer Chadli.

At times in Rostov-on-Don, Belgium looked hamstrung by Japan's pressing tactics and needed more than an hour to unshackle themselves and set about a dramatic come-from-behind victory after falling 2-0 down. If it becomes a match of individual performances we've got no chance.

"We have worked hard over two years for this and we are as ready as we ever can be".

"The game against Japan gave us a big boost", he said. "But we have to maintain our same way of playing, getting better every game, and that is what we will take into this match".

"There is something special about this squad".

But the nation´s "Golden Generation" have been reminded that the match against the favourites could represent the last chance for them to shine on the world stage.

"For me as a coach a football match should never end with penalties, I don't see that as a valid result", added Tite.

The victor of the tie will face either France or Uruguay in St Petersburg on July 10.

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