Belgium can be backed at 7/5 to reach the last four and that looks the call in what could be one of the best matches of this summer's World Cup. The Real Madrid defender though, is back to full fitness and should return to Tite's side on Friday.
"Filipe Luis stepped in to play those two matches, very well, but Marcelo's coming back", said Tite.
"Marcelo left (against Serbia) because of a clinical problem and he has not been back because of a physical problem, he only had 45 to 60 minutes".
The talk from the Belgium camp - repeated by Romelu Lukaku earlier in the afternoon - has been that they are the underdogs against a Brazil team with history and honours behind them. "They have individual technical value".
Only Germany and Argentina, with four wins each, have won more World Cup shootouts than Brazil. "We would have of course preferred to have played Brazil in the actual final, but this is our final, and that's just how it is".
"We will need power".
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The vibrant Colombia fans belted out their national anthem and bounced in unison, swinging scarves above their heads. When you play a team that want to fight and disturb your momentum, you can sometimes get dragged into it.
"If we show the same mentality as we did on Monday, we have a big chance".
"There is something special about this squad".
Chelsea have been well represented in Russian Federation, with the Blues star duo two of those lucky enough to still be in the competition after a dramatic group stage and last 16 phase.
Fernandinho is also expected to replace the suspended holding midfielder Casemiro who picked up a second yellow card against Mexico.
It will probably be similar to the two teams' meeting at the 2002 World Cup which ended in a 2-0 win for Brazil after a goalless first-half. Brazil 2, Belgium 1. The main questions following disappointing defeats in the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 European Championship centred on the team's character.
The FIFA World Cup 2018 Brazil vs Belgium Quarter-Final match begins at 11:30 pm (IST).
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That meant they finished atop of group G, but it also sent them to what by all accounts is the stronger side of the tournament bracket, given it features France and Uruguay in addition to Brazil, five-time winners of the tournament.
As has been the case throughout this World Cup, Brazilian forward Neymar will likely garner much of the attention during the match, both for his skills and speed as well as his on-field theatrics.
Brazil are unbeaten in their last 15 matches in all competitions (W11 D4), conceding just three goals in that run. Both teams are ranked high on the Federation Internationale de Football Association list, with Brazil in second place, and Belgium one spot behind them in third. It's an issue the Daily Mirror's Alex Richards believes coach Roberto Martinez can solve by granting De Bruyne more freedom and drafting Mousa Dembele into the starting XI alongside him.
Belgium still regret the day, exactly four years ago, when an opportunity begged and they fell short.
Which nation actually has the better players? "I think it's a way to hide your fear", he told a news conference Thursday. "What you love about his temperament is that whatever the score, opponent, moment, he's always available to get the ball and be decisive".
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