Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

World Cup big guns primed for last-eight battles

World Cup big guns primed for last-eight battles

Jose Mourinho has claimed that England have a very real chance of reaching the World Cup final after they reached the last eight with a penalty shootout win over Colombia in Moscow.

"He made some fantastic saves in the game, delighted for him and delighted for everyone".

"It's like a scene from MASH in the dressing room".

We lost once, and the others were a draw and, going back before that, Sweden have beaten England in big games. For some I think it's just cramp and some need more assessment. I think sometimes around major tournaments the relationships between our guys and the media has been a bit confrontational and I don't think it has to be that way. Because it really is as much about recovery, physical and psychological, as everything else.

The other half of the draw sees both Brazil ($2.10) and France ($2) favored to put an end to the campaigns of Belgium ($3.50) and Uruguay ($4.33), respectively, but with Russian Federation 2018 providing more than a few surprises, the makeup of the semifinals is far from set in stone. "If we've got players who are 75% the guys who haven't been in the team deserve to come in and be at 100%". We'll have to make late decisions.

Zlatan continued: "But they believe in themselves and have a strong sense within the group".

Messi & Ronaldo face off in rival Kazan murals (VIDEO, PHOTO)
Messi has lost three major finals with Argentina in the last four years , including the 2014 World Cup showpiece against Germany . And this present World Cup could prove a deciding factor in who goes down as the best in the world during the Ronaldo/Messi era.

News surrounding the fitness of Kyle Walker and Dele Alli proves to be better reading, however, as the pair are set to be fit for the Sweden game after pulling up with cramp and slight discomfort respectively during the quarter final clash.

"I can't thank him enough, I'm forever in his debt", he said.

And just in case you're wondering whether it was the 1996 original or Three Lions 98 we're all listening to, Spotify confirmed that they combined the streams of both versions of the anthem. They were back on their feet today.

"But our feeling is, certainly nothing serious, but two or three in particular that we've probably got to assess quite closely tomorrow and see exactly what level they're at". "I haven't got an issue with those comments, we just need to focus on ourselves and play like we do".

"It's not every day you have the opportunity to see your country in a World Cup", he said.

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