Kompany: Belgium losing no sleep over Brazil

Players from Brazil legend Ronaldo to England's John Stones said they were closely following attempts to rescue the team, whose ordeal coincides with the World Cup in Russian Federation.

"We are going to look them in the eye".

"I am here to win and I hope I can improve".

"What is important in football is that you have a style where players can take it to the elite level", he said.

This match is a dream for players, they are born for this type of game.

"You have to accept that Brazil have finesse and they will break you down but we did not accept it". Kompany says the only way to beat Brazil is to play as a team.

Their harrowing ordeal coincides with the World Cup in Russian Federation and it has not escaped the attention of players.

Belgium, bidding to reach their first semi-finals since 1986 in Mexico, face a huge challenge to knock off Tite's men but after surviving Japan, they already feel they are playing with house money.

"We will need power", Belgium's coach Roberto Martinez said in what could be a hint toward his intentions.

"That is a compliment but it doesn't affect our chances against them".

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

He added: "From what I have seen, Brazil are compact everywhere".

Ferdinand's views were quickly echoed by fellow pundit Alan Shearer, who suggested the Manchester United man was close to the flawless centre-forward performance.

In the round of 16 against Japan, it was De Bruyne's surging 60-metre run out of defence that created the last-gasp victor for Nacer Chadli to seal a remarkable comeback and send the Red Devils into their quarter-final against Brazil.

On the flanks, Willian and Philippe Coutinho can stretch defenses, and fire in shots and crosses, while Neymar and Gabriel Jesus can also pull defenses apart from more central positions. All he needs is the goal and you've got the ideal centre forward performance'.

"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". "We are all very optimistic that it will happen, hopefully in minutes, hours or the next few days".

  • Rosalie Stanley