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Thomas Meunier: 'I do not know how to stop Neymar'

Meunier: 'I don't know how to stop Neymar'
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Belgium defender Thomas Meunier describes Brazil's Neymar as "unpredictable" and admits that he may struggle to contain his opponent in Friday's World Cup showdown.

Thomas Meunier has confessed that he has no idea how to stop "unpredictable" Neymar when his Belgium side face Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals.

Neymar has steadily found his feet in Russia following a four-month layoff in the build-up to the tournament, adding another goal and assist to his tally in the 2-0 win against Mexico on Monday.

Belgium defender Meunier, whose side produced a memorable comeback to beat Japan 3-2 in their last-16 tie, is now tasked with halting his Paris Saint-Germain teammate in Friday evening's showdown.

Asked how he plans on doing that, however, Meunier told Globo Esporte: "I do not know how to stop him. He is very unpredictable. Neymar is probably the best player I've ever played with or against.

"Anyway, I'll do my best. I know we have a chance, but I also know that it is very complicated to stop them, not just Neymar. [Philippe] Coutinho, [Roberto] Firmino, [Gabriel] Jesus, Marcelo, the whole team.

"They have many qualities. It's complicated. We're facing the best team in the world. We have a chance, but it will be quite complicated.

"I expect a difficult game. We are not favourites to the World Cup. To beat Brazil, you have to be 100%, 120% of your mental and physical capacity. It's already a final for us. We know we have quality and collectiveness to beat them, but we also know that it will not be easy."

Neymar has been involved in 20 goals in his past 19 games in all competitions for Brazil, scoring 11 and assisting nine.


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