Brazil's World Cup defeat hits home in Lebanon

Vincent Kompany

Vincent Kompany

He added "It was significant to see someone that from the outside many people could say, well he would accept if you see a selfish action of Romelu Lukaku on the pitch because you are in front of goal and maybe you are hoping to score a goal".

"Accompanied by the doctor of the Brazilian national team, Rodrigo Lasmar, the player performed image tests that confirmed the injury and he doe not have sufficient time of recovery in the period of dispute of the World Cup".

He reiterated his stance in blunt terms ahead of Brazil's quarter-final against Belgium and sung Neymar's praises for the less-talked-about qualities he brings to the Selecao. It is still hard for us to understand what happened and where we made a mistake. But they're still too dependent on Neymar - or in the case of the quarterfinals, Casemiro - to be World Cup winners.

"If we play as a team, if we fight for each other, we can do it and that's what matters to me".

Can Belgium's defenders stop Brazil's attacking arsenal?

The victor will play France or Uruguay in the semifinals in St. Petersburg on Tuesday. "If we were world champions, you never know, and Spain were to make Roberto Martinez a generous offer. then it wouldn't bother me".

"There is something special about this squad". "[But] I think offensively that we are really strong".

Brazil have now been knocked out in the quarter-finals at three of the last four tournaments since winning the World Cup for the fifth time, in Japan in 2002.

Tite lost first-choice right-back Dani Alves just prior to the World Cup getting under way, and Danilo's enforced absence will see him turn to his reserve back-up.

"I think the individual talent is quite a big weapon for both teams", he said.

Martinez, who brushed aside a question linking him with the Spain managerial job, said one thing he would not have to do on Friday was find a way to motivate his team.

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