James Rodriguez believes Colombia go into their World Cup quarter-final against Brazil with no pressure on them.
Rodriguez has been the stand out man of the tournament so far after scoring five goals in just four matches. Two of these goals came in Colombia's round of 16 win against Uruguay, with the first one being a contender for the goal of the competition.
The Monaco playmaker will now face Brazil in the quarter finals but he thinks his side are under no pressure.
According to The National, Rodriguez said: "There’s no pressure. Obviously we have to watch Brazil closely. They have very good players and they play good football, but they’ll have to watch us closely as well.
“We have good players and we can be dangerous. I think it’s going to be a beautiful match.
“I only want to help the team. I’m playing at a good level. We’re scoring goals and I’m happy because of that.”
Rodriguez will be looking to continue his good form in the quarter-finals, as he looks to win the golden boot as the competition's top goalscorer.
With the absence of Radamel Falcao, Rodriguez has really stepped up and without his good performances his team wouldn't be where they are now.
Brazil overcame Chile on penalties in their round of 16 match after a 1-1 draw, and although they didn't play their best football, Colombian coach Jose Pekerman is still wary of what the hosts can do.
He said: “Having come through such a difficult match as Brazil did, it always raises the level of confidence because they are already in the quarter-finals and they’re approaching the final stages.
“We know the potential that Brazil have. It will be a great match. They are two countries that interpret football in the same way.”
With both sides being very good going forward, Pekerman also believes the game will be close even though Brazil will be the favourites.
“At this level, there are a lot of elements that have to be balanced out. That’s why teams need players who are focused so that they clearly understand their roles and don’t give away space.
“They need to have the tactics to be able to change things in the course of a match and they also need the psychological side, which plays an important part in football. Sometimes a team with a lot of potential, if they don’t find the result and they need to win, they can’t play so brilliantly.
“So the competition becomes interesting because a team with less individual stars can disturb the balance of the other team.”
Brazil and Colombia should provide a good match with both teams more than capable of making it to the semi-finals.
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