Belgium losing no sleep over Brazil: Kompany | Football News
Essentially the most proficient Belgium crew for many years face the final word take a look at on Friday once they tackle the five-time winners in Kazan for a spot within the semi-finals.
“Individually, Brazil are the strongest crew on this World Cup,” Kompany, who made the final of his worldwide appearances as an alternative within the 1-Zero win over England, informed reporters.
“That could be a praise nevertheless it does not have an effect on our possibilities towards them. None of us are going to sleep at night time considering ‘We’ve already misplaced to Brazil’.
“Defensively they’re strong, they win all their defensive duels and in assault, they aren’t scared to take folks on one-on-one.
“They at all times have a key to unlock any scenario.”
Manchester Metropolis stalwart Kompany, 32, mentioned though Belgium boast their very own excellent particular person gamers corresponding to Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, the one method they are going to beat Brazil is to play as a crew.
“We’re going to look them within the eye. But when we make this a match of people, then we’ll lose,” he mentioned.
Belgium, who got here from behind to beat Japan in an exhilarating last-16 match, have quick turn out to be the favorite crew of many followers of nations already eradicated for his or her enticing type of flowing soccer, a job their outdated rivals the Netherlands typically occupied.
“We’ve developed a sexy type of soccer, we’ve got scored a number of objectives and confirmed our good aspect,” mentioned Kompany.
“If we play effectively towards Brazil, we are able to appeal to much more supporters. Impartial followers admire good soccer, just like the Netherlands used to play.
“We’re consistently bettering. We simply must step as much as one other stage towards Brazil. At the very least I hope we are able to.”
Belgium should discover a method to cease Neymar, whose performances in Russia have attracted as a lot criticism as reward, for his alleged over-reaction to fouls.
Requested by a Brazilian journalist what he would do if Neymar fell theatrically in entrance of him, Kompany turned the query again on his questioner.
“What would you say to him? You’re a Brazilian journalist? Ah, I see you are too scared to answer. I do not care (what Neymar does). If it turns into a match of particular person performances we have got no probability.
“If we play as a crew, if we combat for one another, we are able to do it and that is what issues to me.”