Tuesday will be the first timeBelgium has contested a World Cup semifinal in 32 years.
"I feel that the most important aspect we worked on was the notion of being a team".
It had been suggested that France needed to step up a level in quality to get past the Belgians and they did just that even if their disciplined, professional performance hardly set the pulses racing.
"It is a bit unusual to see him with the Belgium team but that is his career and that is how he is learning his future career". But that is his career and now he is learning for his future career. "I think his heart will be split tomorrow because before anything he remains French".
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I pray and I would give anything in the world that this squad eventually "confines us to history". We want those who are 100-per-cent match fit.
Hazard's ability to pass a man easily was highlighted in the first half, as the Chelsea man caused huge problems in the early part of the match for the French defence, while Mbappe's brilliance coming off the right wing showed that he is arguably the better option, as the 19-year-old gave Jan Vertonghen a torrid time in parts this evening, and the Paris Saint-Germain striker is sure to be at the top of Real's shopping list.
Oleffe would only say: "For me honestly, the best team must win, nothing else". "He's somebody I really appreciate", Deschamps said.
"It might be a bit hard for him but he's working for Belgium now, he wants us to win".
"When you go to a club overseas and play one from your own country, you are part of the enemy team", Deschamps said. He is on the bench and facing his home nation.
Martinez is surrounded by the faithful staff that served him during his tenures in charge of Swansea City, Wigan Athletic and Everton. In 2006, they were beaten in a penalty shootout by Italy in a World Cup final that was overshadowed by Zidane headbutting opposing player Marco Materazzi in the chest in extra time.
"As it happens in any big tournament, you need to look at the younger generations and try to become stronger, " he said. Thierry Henry brings that [experience] as a footballer of elite thoughts. Les Bleus have only lost once in the previous year while their World Cup knockout-stage record is very impressive: 10 wins from 12 games, and the 1998 World Champions have been installed as the 6/4 favourites to win in 90 minutes and 3/4 frontrunners to qualify.
"Like all the players, they could have a little worry that dates back to playing with their clubs during the season", he said.
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