De Bruyne's deployment could be critical for Belgium

De Bruyne's deployment could be critical for Belgium

De Bruyne's deployment could be critical for Belgium

"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 quarterfinal", he said, "so from our point of view we can enjoy from the first second".

"I've been speaking about it with a few of the boys", the defender said, according to British media.

Martinez signed a new contract to lead Belgium to the 2020 European Championships and said he lived "from project to project" and that in football "you can only look at the present".

Belgium reached the quarter-finals four years ago in Brazil and the semi-finals in 1986 when they were beaten by a Diego Maradona-inspired Argentina.

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.

Many fans on social media said the boys deserved the World Cup trophy for their bravery after spending two weeks trapped in darkness underground.

"The whole of our nation is euphoric, they are upbeat, there are parties going on when Croatia play, they are out in the squares, out in the's great that our president is going to be there tomorrow", Dalic said.

"What makes me happy is not him at his best - less than that".

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp urged them to "stay strong and know we are with you", in a video message sent to CNN.

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The 27-year-old followed that with a raking pass down the centre of field to pick out Eden Hazard and give the Belgium captain the opportunity to score the fourth goal in the rout of Tunisia.

"It is special. We can't let them down back home now".

"So, it's a defining game, but not just for us, it's a defining game for Brazil as well".

As has been the case throughout this World Cup, Brazilian forward Neymar will likely garner much of the attention during the match, both for his skills and speed as well as his on-field theatrics. If it becomes a match of individual performances we've got no chance.

"He is a very humble player and I like being with him on a daily basis at club level". In Belgium, we usually think about defeat before playing.

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