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Brazil’s Fernandinho discusses style of Colombia ahead of quarter-final match

Fernandinho has generally impressed in this World Cup
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Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has compared the styles of Colombia and Chile ahead of Brazil’s quarter-final match on Friday.

Luiz Felipe Scolari’s team face Colombia on Friday after defeating Chile on penalties last weekend in a dramatic clash.

However, the 29-year-old expects a different match to the previous encounter with South American opposition.

"I think that Colombia is a little bit different to Chile," Fernandinho was quoted by Goal.com as commenting.

"They like to play more on the attack, and the left and right-backs like to help out in the attacking area to be able to finish. So maybe this is the difference between Colombia and Chile.

"In terms of defending, all of the South American squads have similar styles. They defend their goal strongly but fairly, and then they counter-attack fast."

The Premier League maestro also confirmed that Brazil know they are favourites but can handle the pressure.

He said: "With regards to being the favourite, I'm going to say it one more time, every time Brazil is in any tournament, it's considered a favourite.

"As players we are fully aware of what comes with this expectation and can live with that."


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