"It is a big occasion, you can't hide that".
However, Casemiro is suspended after he picked up a yellow card vs Mexico. The hometown favorites surprised most critics by making it to the quarterfinals, and it will be even more surprising if they can upset a better-fielded Croatian team just days after stunning Spain in a penalty kick shootout. "We've been working together for a long time now, you can't forget that, and want to show everyone what we can do against Brazil".
"As individuals we've also improved". It was not a vintage Argentina side that they faced in Brasilia and, despite going behind to an early Gonzalo Higuain goal, they had plenty of time to put things right. Both teams excel with a attractive football.
What Belgium have is a free-scoring side - 12 in their four games to date - whose attacking patterns, as shown in the manner of Nacer Chadli's scintillating victor against Japan, are more sophisticated than those of anyone else left in the tournament.
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"It is the quarter final and there are teams who aren't here that I think most people expected to be here". You have to be ideal defensively but we rely on what we do on the ball, the same with Brazil. "You have to prepare yourself, especially against the Brazil national team and a leader like Kompany has to show confidence to his team-mates."...
Brazil are set to welcome Real Madrid defender Marcelo back after he was forced off during the 2-0 group-stage win against Serbia with back spasms. "I will play against him for the second time and I am looking forward (to this)".
"The biggest challenge of a World Cup is mental fortitude, the pressure is enormous, extraordinary", Tite told a news conference.
"It's important to keep our cool and produce another strong performance". "Don't listen, don't watch (the attention) because there is a lot of psychological pressure".
Brazil beat Group F runners-up Mexico 2-0 to reach the quarter-finals in a fairly straightforward fashion by Belgium endured a tougher task, having to come from two goals down to beat Japan 3-2 thanks to an injury-time victor from Nacer Chadli.
He has brushed off the barbs, saying: "I don't care much for criticism, or praise, because this can influence your attitude".
"When you're 2-0 down against Japan, there's nothing tougher than that", he said.