Less than a day to go for a breath taking quartar-final between Brazil and Belgium. And, Belgium right-back Thomas Meunier has confessed that he doesn’t know how to stop Brazil’s star player Neymar Jr.
Thomas Meunier and Neymar Jr are team mates at Paris Saint-Germain.
Meunier will likely be tasked with containing the Brazil striker but he has confessed that he does not know how to keep him in check.
After the training session on Thursday, he said:
“I do not know how to stop Neymar. He is very unpredictable. He is probably the best player I have ever played alongside or against. I will do my best, and I know that we have a chance, but I also know that it will be very difficult to stop them — not just Neymar. Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus and Marcelo — the whole team.”
The PSG star scored one and provided the other as Brazil muscled their way past Mexico to reach the quarterfinals. He has courted controversy with his on-pitch antics. But former Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez has defended an “admirable and spectacular player” and friend.
The Uruguay forward said at a Uruguay news conference ahead of their game against France:
“Everybody knows Neymar’s class. He is an admirable and spectacular player. There will always be critics. There are people who love him and people who do not like him.”
Meanwhile, rumours of a summer move for Neymar from PSG to Real Madrid have taken a backseat. But former Real Madrid sporting director Jorge Valdano has told Onda Cero that Los Blancos should sign Kylian Mbappe instead.
“Neymar to Real? I would prefer that they go for Mbappe,” he said.
Neymar is getting better with every game in Russia and was outstanding with his goal and assist in the 2-0 win over Mexico. Brazil will be expecting to see him perform even better in the all important clash against Belgium.