"But now it is time for each of us to defend our corner and I hope to come out on top", Willian said.
Coach Tite is sticking with his policy of rotating the captaincy and the 33-year old Inter Milan player will become the fourth man to wear the captain's armband in Russian Federation.
From a Belgian perspective, tomorrow's World Cup quarter-final against Brazil in Kazan is a defining game for their talented generation of players but don't call them "golden", said defender Vincent Kompany yesterday.
The Red Devils have helped themselves to 12 goals through four matches, recently coming back from 2-0 down to see off Japan 3-2 in the last 16. If we give Brazil a chance, they will take it.
Brazil coach Tite dismissed talk that his team is the favourite to win the match against Belgium, let alone the World Cup.
In the previous five outings against Brazil, Belgium has managed just one win but the sixth clash between the two footballing giants can end up with a different scoreline and Belgium has all the potential to do so.
'Even referees could be influenced by this controversy and punish Neymar unfairly, but he must try to relax and I believe manager Tite will try to calm him down, telling him to just play his game as always'.
But his impressive goalscoring prowess and his aim to be remembered as Belgian's most successful goalscorer faces its sternest test in Kazan against a Selecao defence that has conceded only once in four World Cup games so far.
The Brazil assistant manager Cleber Xavier, speaking alongside Tite in his pre-match news conference, revealed that they have leaned upon the in-form winger for advice as they bid to halt a side that has already scored 12 goals at Russian Federation 2018.
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Their achievements so far will count for little - as enjoyable as it has been, all we have witnessed so far has been a lengthy appetizer.
Belgium's defender Vincent Kompany (L) vies for the ball with Japan's forward Yuya Osako during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Belgium and Japan at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on July 2, 2018.
The Chelsea ace is now nearly certain to start Friday evening's quarter-final against Brazil, which Martinez hopes will provide one of his key men with the platform to further showcase his brilliance.
Brazil´s forward Neymar (R) chats with his son Davi Lucca during a training session at Yug Sport Stadium, in Sochi, on July 4, 2018.
And Tite has once again named his starting XI well in advance of Brazil's much-anticipated encounter with Belgium.
"We´re progressing, that´s evident", Silva said after their win over Mexico. If it becomes a match of individual performances we've got no chance.
Mistakes such as the ones that allowed Japan to grab a two-goal lead are sure to be punished by Neymar but it is Brazil´s defence that is also catching the eye of observers.
"They´re the best centre back partnership of this World Cup".
"I think it's a way of showing trust and hiding fear".