Balaise Matuidi back in France's only change for semis

Balaise Matuidi back in France's only change for semis

According to Martinez, another aspect of Belgium's emergence is the role of Thierry Henry, who will be put in the delicate position of having to plot the downfall of his former side having been appointed as assistant coach two years ago.

World Cup victor and France great Thierry Henry, who followed a similar trajectory to the top as Mbappe, cited the latter's intelligence as the driving force behind his success.

Martinez rejected the idea that his side had peaked in their quarter-final win over Brazil and said there was no chance of them dropping their guard on Tuesday.

Belgium's "golden generation" finally delivered a big scalp on the global stage in a thrilling 2-1 win over Brazil in the last eight to erase memories of disappointing quarter-final exits to Argentina four years ago and at Euro 2016 to surprise package Wales. They keep that particular quality, but against Brazil, Martinez intensified the midfield. and the Brazilians couldn't use those corridors. "In internationals you only have one or two sessions to prepare a game and the intelligence of the team is a big help", said Martinez, who also highlighted the unity in the Belgium squad. He stated he enjoyed the position but is willing to play anywhere in order to win the World Cup. They started a bit slow but have been upping their game as the tournament is progressing.

The winners will play England or Croatia in the final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.

Federation Internationale de Football Association investigating allegations against Croatia defender Vida
He was rooting for the team". "I think we are underdogs from Day 1 and it's good for us", Croatia defender Dejan Lovren said. From the first second I put together this team, I knew where it was heading.

"I feel very proud for my group".

Every great team has a player who toils for others and doesn't get a lot of credit.

Hazard and keeper Thibaut Courtois line up opposite Chelsea team mates Ngolo Kante and Olivier Giroud while Paul Pogba faces Manchester United colleagues Marouane Fellaini and Lukaku. This leaves us with 4 teams for the semi-finals which will take place today, July 10.

"We know them and they know us", Deschamps said.

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