'Skilful' Neymar is 'not an actor': Lukaku

Lydia FlemingJul 06, 2018

Brazil trails for the first time at World Cup 2018, but its tournament history suggests defeat is improbable.

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"No. For me, he is not an actor", the former Chelsea man said.

"I said to the boys, nothing in life is easy, that if you want to achieve something you have to fight", recalled Lukaku.

"We can't wait. I feel we are as ready as we can be".

"The biggest strength is that we have different ways of attacking and ways of using all our players".

There has been so much debate about Neymar simulating fouls or wasting time on the floor, but I think that in a competition like this - with VAR - we shouldn't be paying too much attention to this.

Brazil play Belgium at the Kazan Arena tomorrow, with the victor facing either Uruguay or France in the semi-finals.

Although Brazil are favourites to win the World Cup, Belgium are formidable opponents and there are reasons to believe they could spring a surprise in Kazan.

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Perhaps unintentionally, Romelu Lukaku, the powerhouse Belgium centre forward, made it quite clear that the Corinthians defender had been singled out by Roberto Martinez's coaching team as the weak link in the Brazilian set-up. Now, majority are cribbing everytime he falls down on the ground after a challenge. "Over the last two years we have been working towards this moment". We've grown into the tournament.

The footballing fans, not a month ago, were anxious whether the forward will be a part of the World Cup, with him being sidelined with a knee surgery.

Should Kompany feature in the match against Brazil, he will nearly certainly come across Neymar, who at this tournament has come under heavy criticism for "theatrics" in order to gain a positive decision from referees on the pitch. "The two sides are very similar in terms of the qualities we have, you're right in describing the talent".

"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".

Only Germany and Argentina, with four wins each, have won more World Cup shootouts than Brazil. We need to enjoy our game, be ourselves.

But first, Neymar and his star-studded supporting cast have to get past Belgium, who boast an array of their own firepower, to reach the last four. The problem is that you are the guy, the idol of our country and unfortunately this is bothering a lot of people, I do not know why.

'Fellaini has been monster defensively, ' Ferdinand said on BBC Sport.

Brazil geared up for their clash against Belgium with a weights session as Tite's squad put the finishing touches to their preparations ahead of Friday's quarter-final.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

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