"Maybe he's going to sing La Marseillaise, but he's with us now and doing a great job".
Brazil boss Tite has revealed Manchester United's newest signing, Fred, was not afforded game time at the World Cup due to an injury which impacted his match fitness. Like some of the others listed, the lack of a definitive Champions League campaign could act against De Bruyne in the Ballon d'Or reckoning.
Brazil were eliminated from the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Friday after losing 2-1 to Belgium.
"World Cups don't happen every day, you get to play in them perhaps two or three times in your life, if you're lucky".
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With Brazil's skilful but frustrating Neymar now out, too, the tournament is showing that game-changing players need fully functioning teams around them and can not carry their nations' hopes alone.
The five-time world champions left the World Cup empty-handed after losing to Belgium in the quarterfinals, leaving only European teams contending for the title in Russian Federation.
"He's helped me grow a lot as an individual player, he's made football easier", he admitted. Although Neymar must be infuriating to play alongside at times, he's always looking to get on the ball and make the difference for his team. France have always been a footballing stronghold but as we have seen in this World Cup, reputation precedes determination.
He said: "I think it's a bit disrespectful of them to be confident because their record in this tournament is better than ours, they've played better teams than us and our record against them is really, really poor".
The most ideal and traditional line-up for the final would be France vs England, but we should not disregard the chances of Croatia and Belgium.