"I'm stepping aside so that tomorrow, when I want to to run around in the park with my children, I'll be able to do so".
Brazil defender Thiago Silva, meanwhile, heaped praise on Neymar, who returned to playing only shortly before the tournament following an injury layoff of more than three months. "Our transitions were really quick", said Brazil coach Tite after their 2-0 defeat of Mexico on Monday night and he was half right.
On Monday in Samara, Tite switched to a 4-4-2 formation after Mexico caused Brazil early problems, and they had a foundation to go on and win the game in the second half.
After the departure of two of the world's best footballers in recent times, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, on the first day of the last 16 of the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russian Federation, the focus shifted to Brazilian star Neymar, who is thought to be the next big thing in world football.
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Brazil are bidding for a record-extending sixth world title after their semi-final humiliation four years ago against Germany on home soil, but would face a tough test against a talented Belgium outfit should the Red Devils get past Japan. But I mean the pain threshold of Neymar is just incredibly low, I must admit.
Kompany, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard have won the Premier League eight times between them.
While some of their biggest rivals have already fallen by the wayside in Russia, Brazil have been making serene progress towards the latter stages of the World Cup.
"That now gives them the belief and it's a powerful thing to have".
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The impressive Ever Banega retains his place in a midfield that looks created to hit France on the breakthrough, Lionel Messi . Lionel Messi is yet to score from eight knockout games in World Cup history. "Leo?" newly-painted above the Ronaldo portrait.
"We were able to play quite a balanced game and I think that says a lot about us and our style".
Even that goal conceded against Switzerland in their opening game was a controversial one as Miranda was pushed by Steven Zuber but VAR didn't intervene much to the chagrin of the Brazilian football federation, who launched an official complaint to FIFA.
He later fed a cross that led to the team's second goal by Roberto Firmino. He said only coaches would answer to coaches, and players would respond only to players.
"I think we've been in this position before many times over the last however many years".
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