Belgium boss Martinez brushes aside talk of Spain interest

Posted July 07, 2018

At a World Cup rocked repeatedly by the fall of giants, Brazil and Belgium have managed to hold firm in the maelstrom and will meet in a blockbuster quarter-final in Kazan tomorrow.

But Linard hinted that if Martinez takes the Red Devils to their first world title in Russian Federation, he could be allowed to leave for the right price.

"But if it's going to be a collective performance from a smart team that knows how to play together and fight for each other, then we have a chance and that's the only thing I care about".

"I'm not anxious at all: I think the Spanish media is dreaming a bit".

Fernando Hierro was appointed interim boss of La Roja and saw the 2010 world champions knocked out by hosts Russian Federation in the round of 16.

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The 44-year-old recently signed a contract extension with Belgium to remain in charge until Euro 2020 and he said there is no buyout clause included in his contract. "Now we need more energy for the semi-final".

After averaging three goals a game in their four matches in Russian Federation en route to the last eight, Kompany told L'Equipe they must not alter their attack-minded strategy against the five-time champions.

"We have been preparing for months, for weeks to play matches like that", said France coach Didier Deschamps.

"I remember in Moehlin in Switzerland, my home town, we were all insane, we rooted, we wanted to show our Swiss neighbours how powerful a football nation we are", Rakitic, who had dual citizenship but opted to play for Croatia, recalled.

The teams have progressed through different means but each arrive with confidence after rousing wins in their last starts.

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

"We have to be united, go forward and apply pressure".

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.

Much of the focus surrounding Brazil's bid for a record-extending sixth world title has inevitably been on Neymar.

"In the ideal scenario, we get a very good result and we are able to play our brand of football".

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"I think Kevin De Bruyne's influence in our team has been a lot deeper, a little bit more earlier, allowing his team to have the influence that we have in the final third and being a real playmaker for us".