World Cup sensation Rodriquez no worry to Brazil
ALL the talk this World Cup has been about how to stop Colombian goalscoring sensation James Rodriguez.
But Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho says Brazil will not be losing too much sleep over the Monaco midfielder, who leads the race for the Golden Boot with five goals in four games.
Fernandinho admitted the hosts could not afford to give Rodriguez space in tomorrow's quarter-final in Fortaleza, but also said a player would not be designated to follow the rising star around the field.
"In this World Cup he is showing everyone that the money Monaco paid for him (to move from Porto) was well invested," he said.
"The less space he gets against us, the better it will be for Brazil.
"But wherever I've played, man-marking does not exist any more. It needs to be done zonally."
The big concern for Brazil has been the fitness of its own star man Neymar, who took knocks to his knee and thigh in the penalty shootout win over Chile in the last 16.
But the Barcelona forward, who has four goals of his own in the tournament, has eased fears by declaring himself fit for tomorrow's game.
"I am able to play against Colombia," he said.
"I have no pain. I feel very well trained, and rest assured, I'm fine."
Sunday's shootout success took its toll on Brazil's players psychologically too, with several of the squad in tears at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte.
Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari decided to bring in the team's psychologist to the training ground at the start of the week to help the Brazilians plan for another potential thriller.
Tomorrow morning's other quarter-final also looks to be a blockbuster, with traditional European rivals France and Germany going head to head in the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle, who scored the opener in the Germans' extra time win over Algeria last time out, said the players were now confident of going all the way.
"When you come to a World Cup with Germany you are expected to win it," the 23-year-old said.
"We don't come here just to take part."