Fest possible in France-Belgium World Cup semi-final

Rex Christensen
July 10, 2018

The semifinal clash of the European neighbours promises to be full of intrigue as France aim to return to the final for the first time since a Zinedine Zidane-led team did so in Germany in 2006. Power and mobility make them the envy of other teams.

If he can do that, then the golden generation could well glitter alongside the World Cup, as the winners of this semi-final would be odds-on favourites to lift the trophy on Sunday.

The golden generation of Belgium is trying to win their maiden worldwide title, to set a benchmark for its teams of the future to be compared to.

"I have known many great French players, but I think that we have the chance to make history for France", he added.

With Hugo Lloris impressing in goal and a solid midfield of Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante, the one potential weakness for France could be their inexperienced defence.

"We played together as team-mates and he was much younger and I was at the end of my career".

"We will need to anticipate him and be well-positioned".

"I'd have preferred him to be with us and to be giving his advice to me". Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling, and Jesse Lingard rotated possession neatly in the Sweden half, cleverly sucking the opposition to one side of the pitch before quickly switching the play for one of the wing-backs to dart into space and cross.

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He joined the Belgium setup in 2016 just after Martinez was appointed and reportedly set to work immediately with forwards Romelu Lukaku and Michy Batshuayi.

France will unleash the attacking talents of Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann against Eden Hazard´s gifted Belgium side in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday with a place in the World Cup final at stake.

Belgium started off their World Cup campaign in a comprehensive fashion as they thrashed debutants Panama 3-0 in the opening match while they dismantled Tunisia 5-2 in the second group stage match.

Tottenham star Lloris said: "I was lucky enough to play with him for two seasons on the France team. Each player would be defending his colours".

Thierry Henry has never been slow coming forward - on or off the field - but the unusual thing is that he has only ever given one interview in his role as what the Belgian FA call "the second assistant" to manager Roberto Martinez. "We have players with huge potential, though, and we still do not know their limits".

Deschamps has the "win-at-all-costs" mentality and it's evident in his six years in-charge of France. He is a huge player, a giant of French football. Mbappe has starred at the World Cup with his breakneck speed and Deschamps has merely used the youngster's ability to the team's advantage. He is more proactive than reactive. Joining Chelsea as a 21-year-old mercurial winger, Hazard may have mastered his craft on his own, in spite of mostly playing in a restrictive system, but there is no doubt he has taken pointers about leading a side from a certain John Terry, often regarded as one of the finest club captains of the current millennium.

Deschamps also took a jibe at Martinez.

The players know just as well as those in the dugouts.

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