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France ready for Belgium's tactical surprises, says coach

France ready for Belgium's tactical surprises, says coach

World Cup action continues tomorrow with France and Belgium set to lock horns in a potentially thrilling semi-final contest slated for the Krestovsky stadium in St. Petersburg.

Deschamps values Giroud's work as the first line of the French defense, harassing the opponent when it has the ball in its half, and as a third center back to defend set pieces, which have played such an important role in the World Cup.

Three players are the major focus of millions of soccer fans here in Russian Federation, as France faces Belgium in today's semifinal clash at the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup.The fans are waiting to see France's youthful offensive force led by 19-year-old star, Kylian Mbappe, and Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, in action against a Belgian side led by Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku.

Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, who watched Belgium beat Brazil 2-0 in the quarter-finals, is also expected to attend the semi-final encounter. They started a bit slow but have been upping their game as the tournament is progressing.

"What we didn't have was an global who has the knowledge of winning a World Cup, of being a footballer expected to perform in the eyes of the world and how it feels".

"He's a living legend of French football and we have a lot of respect for him". Martinez and his players have already shown they can change their formation depending on their rivals and Tuesday promises to be an absorbing tactical battle.

"It's just a very strong team, but for me Mbappe is the best".

"Kevin De Bruyne is a modern playmaker in the fact that he goes even quicker than what you can see".

Eden Hazard was a lively presence on Belgium's right, dragging a shot wide and Toby Alderweireld forced a smart save from Hugo Lloris while at the other end Olivier Giroud flicked a header narrowly wide. "Portugal is not the Belgium side we face tomorrow, we have to give everything to get there", said Deschamps. For comparison Belgium has scored 14, England has scored 11 and Croatia have scored 10.

After winning successive French league crowns with Monaco and then Paris Saint-Germain, he announced himself on the global stage by knocking Lionel Messi's Argentina out of the last 16 with his brace in the 4-3 win. "It's an advantage on both sides, but we will seize every opportunity to reach the final".