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Lukaku looking to silence detractors against Brazil

06 July, 2018, 19:23 | Author: John Swanson
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"The difference is we haven't won a World Cup, it's as simple as that. you go into a tournament when you don't have the know-how to win the tournament", Martinez said. His knowledge of his club mate could prove hugely beneficial as Tite looks to starve Belgium's formidable attack of supply. Brazil and Belgium certainly belong to that standard.

Both lines will be led by powerhouse strikers.

"We're more mature than before", he said.

Belgium, on the other hand, seem to have dropped off a little since starting off the tournament with a bang.

Manchester City's Fernandinho is likely to take his place, ensuring the Selecao retain an imposing platform in midfield.

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According to Sky Bet, Brazil is considered the favorite to win the World Cup at 5/2 odds, but Belgium isn't too far behind at 6/1.

They displayed some defensive frailties against Japan, but Martinez reorganised his team and they showed superb fighting spirit to get themselves back in the match. "We weathered the storm against Mexico, came back into the game and eventually, our opponents hardly touched the ball".

"The system we've been using has been in place for two years and we've improved as individuals", Lukaku said in a prematch news conference. "I think this is a real shame for football, especially for kids who are watching because this has to be a sport of virility, of determination, a man's sport, like other games, and not a charade".

Meanwhile, Brazil will take on the Group G toppers Belgium in the quarterfinal at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on Friday night.

On the eve of their quarter-final Lukaku brimmed with confidence as he called on Belgium to show they deserve to live up to pre-tournament expectations. They have several high qualities, very skillful, and can play a very vertical game.

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Brazil and Mexico are the only two teams to advance past the group stage in seven consecutive World Cups. "This is the last World Cup for me".

Although Martinez says "power" will be vital against Brazil, he would be wise to remember that he also has one of the world's most decisive midfielders at his disposal.

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

Despite scoring nine times in wins over Panama (3-0), Tunisia (5-2) and England (1-0) before the Japan game, Belgium will have to lift their game significantly to beat a well-drilled Brazil side increasingly dancing to the tune of star forward Neymar.

For Brazil's sake, the fans would be hoping Neymar is listening to Tite's words.

The Red Devils have scored 11 of their 12 goals from open play and boast an attacking arsenal on parity with Brazil with the likes of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Dries Martens.

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