Defeat is saddest moment of my career-Neymar

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez applauds fans after the match

"The players that they have. both teams deserve to be facing each other a little further in, in this tournament and not in the quarter-final". "Perhaps in one year or two, he will be at their level". If we play well, we can create a lot of chances.

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Martinez now faces a tricky decision concerning his line-up with Nacer Chadli and Marouane Fellaini pressing for starts after coming off the bench against Japan to turn the game around in the last half an hour. Maybe if I had opted for light training I would not have hurt Fred, maybe Renato. Unfortunately for him, not much of the focus has been on how he played.

"I've already spoken about Neymar and I've been very specific about it, about what happened", Tite told reporters ahead of Friday's clash.

The victor will play France or Uruguay in the semifinals in St. Petersburg on Tuesday. And I think that's a role that allows us to be a team. "[But] I think offensively that we are really strong". Box-to-box people who can make the difference.

"I believe Tite must remain".

"Against a team like Brazil, you must attack and defend with 11 players. We've trained for that yesterday so we are really well-prepared".

Ronaldo, though, says Tite ought to get the chance to stay in charge of the team even though they could not extend their stay at Russian Federation 2018 into the semi-finals.

"The game against Japan gave us a big boost", he said. We've grown into the tournament.

"There is something special about this squad".

"The signs, they've been positive".

"Providing assists is also important, and this year I have provided more than ever".

"When you go into a tournament and you haven't got the know-how of winning a tournament you can not have an advantage over the opponent".

"These two teams are constructed to score and to win matches. We need to respect them because of what they have achieved".

The Belgian FA would have no problem with Roberto Martinez taking over as Spain coach if he guides Belgium to the World Cup this summer, FA president Gerard Linard has suggested.

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. You are a Brazilian journalist?

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

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