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I don't know how to stop Neymar, admits Belgium's Meunier

8:55 pm AEST 3/7/18
The defender feels his side will need to be above their best if they are to get the better of Neymar and his Selecao team-mates

Thomas Meunier will be coming up against a familiar face in the form of Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar when Belgium and Brazil meet in the World Cup quarter-final, but the defender admits he has no idea how to stop the star forward.

Meunier played the entirety of Belgium's 3-2 round-of-16 victory over Japan, which was settled by Nacer Chadli's stoppage-time strike and set up a quarter-final clash with the highly fancied South Americans.

The former Club Brugge star spent last season playing club football with Neymar, who scored the first goal in Brazil's 2-0 win over Mexico to double his World Cup tally and fire the Selecao into the last eight,

But Meunier admitted that he still does not know how he will keep the 26-year-old at bay in Friday's clash because he is one of the best around.

"I do not know how to stop him. He is very unpredictable," Meunier told Globo Esporte.

"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."

Belgium have won all four of their World Cup games so far, scoring 12 goals in the process, but Meunier warned that beating Belgium would require a higher level of performance.

"They have many qualities," he said. "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 per cent, 120 per cent 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."