In the latest Belgium news, right-back Thomas Meunier has admitted he faces an almost impossible task in trying to stop Paris Saint-Germain club-mate Neymar in Friday’s World Cup quarter-final.
Belgium booked their place in the last eight in Russia with a dramatic comeback win over Japan, ending up 3-2 winners after being 2-0 down, and are now preparing to take on Brazil in Kazan.
The Selecao progressed to the quarters following a comfortable 2-0 victory over Mexico and are rated as favourites with 888sport at 11/4 to win the World Cup, while Belgium are on offer at 6/1.
Stopping Neymar, who has two goals so far in the tournament, will be key if Belgium are to cause an upset and come out on top, but Meunier admits his PSG colleague will be extremely difficult to contain.
“I do not know how to stop Neymar – he is very unpredictable,” Meunier said. “He is probably the best player I have ever played alongside or against.”
Meunier is well aware Brazil have talent in abundance and it is not just Neymar who can hurt them.
Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho, Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus, Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and Real Madrid wing-back Marcelo are other players Belgium must try and restrict in the eagerly anticipated tie.
He added: “I will do my best, and I know that we have a chance, but I also know that it will be very difficult to stop them. Not just Neymar. Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus and Marcelo – the whole team.”
Belgium are 13/5 to win in the 90-minute match market with 888sport, Brazil are 27/25 favourites, while the draw is 12/5.