Brazil and Belgium out in the quarter-finals

Messi heads home after the four-hour flight

"I think Kevin De Bruyne's influence in our team has been a lot deeper; a little bit earlier, allowing his team to have the influence that we have in the final third and being a real playmaker for us".

"I've been speaking about it with a few of the boys", the defender said, according to British media.

On the Layun incident, he added: "I saw what happened and you can look at the video and say nothing".

Belgium reached the quarter-finals four years ago in Brazil and the semi-finals in 1986 when they were beaten by a Diego Maradona-inspired Argentina.

Although Luis put in a solid display against Mexico, Tite may be tempted to recall his preferred left back Marcelo, who missed the match with a back injury but returned to training.

Brazil coach Tite dismissed talk that his team is the favourite to win the match against Belgium, let alone the World Cup.

After averaging three goals a game in their four matches in Russian Federation en route to the last eight, Kompany told L'Equipe they must not alter their attack-minded strategy against the five-time champions.

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I said to the team "I'm not going to talk on the radio because people I'm taking something or just take the mic, you know?". We've had far, far more success than we've had failures and nobody is ideal . "I don't get it guys.

"What makes me happy is not him at his best - less than that".

Eight of those goals came against Tunisia and Panama, and slim wins against England and Japan have cast some doubt on whether they can impose themselves against better teams.

"We have been preparing for months, for weeks to play matches like that", said France coach Didier Deschamps.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp urged them to "stay strong and know we are with you", in a video message sent to CNN. "We are facing a huge game in the quarter-finals and it doesn't matter who the opponents are".

Neymar, who only returned from a fractured metatarsal last month, looked close to his best on Monday when Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 to reach the quarter-finals in Russian Federation. Ah, I see you're too scared to reply.

To be fair to his critics, though, what the midfield maestro has not been able to do in Russian Federation is dictate play in the last third of the pitch as he has done so successfully at club level for Manchester City. There is likely to be yet more drama in their quarterfinal encounter, a game in which Kompany said his country start as underdogs. In Belgium, we usually think about defeat before playing.

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