This should be an exciting game to watch, as it'll pit Belgium's relentless offense against Brazil's impenetrable defense. "I think it's a way of showing trust, and hiding fear".
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. We play against the best team in the tournament, the favourites, so will be a good test to see where we stand as a team. And not just the way that he gets that transition so quick from one box to box, it's the quality of the pass, having to play it into Thomas Meunier's path so he doesn't need to break his stride to assist into Nacer Chadli.
"We want to invent something special", the mayor said, TASS reported. "He's essential for us".
Brazil and Belgium go head-to-head on Friday evening with a place in the World Cup semi-finals up for grabs.
"Maybe it's this sort of match that we needed for the future", said Hazard, the captain.
Despite not being at their attacking best, Brazil often know how to negotiate tricky ties as was demonstrated against Mexico and in several ties in World Cup history.
Although Martinez says "power" will be vital against Brazil, he would be wise to remember that he also has one of the world's most decisive midfielders at his disposal.
For all Brazil´s attacking riches, Belgium´s biggest problem could be piercing a robust defence that has conceded just once, in their 1-1 opening draw with Switzerland.
- Belgium's Romelu Lukaku has scored with four of his five shots on target so far at the World Cup.
Belgium, meanwhile, pulled off the comeback of the tournament, rallying from a two-goal second-half deficit against Japan to win 3-2 in the dying seconds of the round of 16 match.
The victor of the tie will face either France or Uruguay in St Petersburg on July 10.
And now they have a great opportunity to make history by beating Brazil. Set to replace Casemiro in the middle of the park, the Manchester City midfielder will have some big shoes to fill, although he is more than capable to fill in for Casemiro.
Kompany evaded a question on how he would deal with any Neymar's antics, but said: "Honestly, I don't care".
On the opposite flank, Filipe Luis has always been an able deputy to Marcelo in the National side, proving the same once again in the last two games as well.