Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Tite Deserves Chance To Stay On With Brazil Despite World Cup Exit

Brazil's forward Neymar on the ground during FIFA World Cup 2018 round of 16 against Mexico at the Samara Arena Brazil's forward Neymar on the ground during FIFA World Cup 2018 round of 16 against Mexico at the Samara Arena
Jan Ortega | 11 July, 2018, 00:51

"It's an extraordinary team (France) but when you reach the semi-finals of a World Cup you're never going to find ordinary opposition", he said.

Martinez claimed a lot of the credit for the win as his tactical changes worked to perfection, including moving Kevin De Bruyne into a more advanced role.

This summer, he has managed to become Belgium's all time top scorer with 40 goals.

Belgium were lucky to squeeze past Brazil 2-1 in a thrilling match in Kazan on Friday.

Hazard dictated the tempo of the game, pressing the accelerator for counter-attacks that ripped open Brazil's defence but also, especially in the second half, slowing down play and maintaining possession. They played very well and could have scored at least five goals. Two very impressive teams technically.

Here we are less than a week to the end of a completely unpredictable, engrossing and rather eerie World Cup that no one is planning to forget. Only after the final will we know if the champion and its star or stars match up to the greats of the past.

And while we're on the subject of Neymar: This could have been the World Cup where he made a move from No. 3 in football's superstar hierarchy to No. 1.

The Belgians led 2-0 at half time but Brazil were by far the better team in the second half and in addition to their goal from Renato Augusto with 14 minutes remaining they hit the woodwork and forced Thibaut Courtois into several excellent saves.

The most ideal and traditional line-up for the final would be France vs England, but we should not disregard the chances of Croatia and Belgium. They are one of those teams which have evolved as the tournament progressed and have learnt from their mistakes especially after the Japan game, where they had to come back from a two-goal deficit.

Having said that, he may well have got some eggs and stones pelted at him judging by footage of some fans giving the official team bus a different kind of welcome. I think for me they are an example for any young player who wants to play the game.

Leading up to Russian Federation 2018 the questions being asked revolved around the three players regarded as the best on the planet: Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar. This is his time to shine.

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