Nigeria vs Brazil: Real Madrid Star Speaks On Play
Real Madrid’s Casemiro, left, celebrates with Marcelo after scoring his side’s third goal during the Champions League round of 16, first leg, soccer match between Real Madrid and Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday Feb. 15, 2017. (Francisco Seco/AP)

As Nigeria face Brazil today in a prestige friendly, Real Madrid midfielder, Casemiro has expounded on his playing style.

Concise News reports that the Brazil international has a no nonsense attitude on the field of play which helps drive his team forward and there is a simple reason for that being the case.

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“I’m aggressive in how I go for the ball,” Casemiro said on Movistar+.

“I don’t care if it’s the second or 90th minute, I always go for the ball like I am going for a plate of food.

“I always go for a ball as if it were my last.”

Furthermore, Casemiro was candid about his relationship with Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane and how the Frenchman reassured him when he first took over.

“I remember when Zidane came,” Casemiro went on. “I didn’t play in the first five games and I said to myself ‘what’s going on? He has always said good things about me.’

“So I went to his office, and said ‘coach it’s January, I want to have a leading role, I want to play.’

“And I remember exactly what he said to me. ‘Case, calm down. When you start playing, you won’t stop’.”

The 27 year old was in action when the global heavyweights confronted Senegal few days ago.

Brazil played out a 1-1 draw with the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019 finalists in Singapore.

Africa’s highest ranked team matched a full-strength Brazil throughout, with Mane hitting the post with five minutes left.

The stalemate comes three months after Tite led Brazil to the Copa America title at home and follows last month’s 2-2 draw with Colombia and 1-0 loss to Peru.

Brazil’s next match is a friendly with Nigeria, also in Singapore, on Sunday.