France vs Belgium: A 'Final Quality' Match

Angelo Anderson
July 10, 2018

France and Belgium meet in the first World Cup semi-final in St. Petersburg on Tuesday as two of the tournament's most talented teams aim to fulfill the promise latent within their ranks.

"He is first and foremost French".

France and Belgium will play Tuesday in Russian Federation in the semifinals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with the victor moving on to Sunday's final in Moscow. While France may not have set the world alight, the former Marseille manager's team have conceded a mere four goals in five matches. The victor of this game will go to the finals on Sunday while the loser will play for third on Saturday.

France have reached the World Cup final after beating Belgium 1-0 in St Petersburg. France are favored, but Belgium could make several changes that could tip the scales. But we will be ready because we have an extremely good state of mind, and it is the semi-finals in the World Cup. "We've never been in such a situation, and that is why we need our team spirit more than ever against France".

"I would be very proud to show Thierry that he chose the wrong camp".

With superstars like Mbappé, Pogba, Griezmann, De Bruyne, Lukaku and Hazard to boast, tonight's semi-final should be absolutely enthralling.

"Perhaps he will sing the Marseillaise (before the game), which I find normal", De Bruyne said. If France wins, he can not celebrate; it is the same if Belgium wins. There could also have been a fascinating duel on the wings between French teen sensation Kylian Mbappe and his PSG team-mate Thomas Meunier but that won't happen since the Belgian is suspended for the game. "He's given the team the desire to attack", said French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet.

"Life can be like that sometimes". We know them at a tactical level, we know what they are capable of doing and we know their individual qualities. "On the personal front it is with great pleasure that I'm going to see him tomorrow".

"Belgium are in a forward gear", said Deschamps.

Seven weeks ago, players and coaching team started working together at the base camp with the same objective: Their potential as players would be of use only if they could create a collective soul that would be stronger than any individual attempt. "I pity him", he said.

It shows how far Mbappe has come in such a short space of time, and with three goals in five World Cup games, he's certainly getting used to the big stage.

France's prodigious 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe or Belgium's captain fantastic Eden Hazard. "It is to create opportunities and to give passes that my teammates can use to make the difference-like in the last game, when I played a bit more forward". "Martinez regularly asks him for advice and he listens to it". For him this game could be hard but he is working for us now and he wants us to win.

Giroud, who like Henry was an Arsenal forward until he joined Chelsea a year ago, wishes Henry were on the French staff.

"Of course I wish he was with us and was giving advice to me and the other strikers". But we can't be envious. "It doesn't shock me at all".

Henry himself says his role is to help the Belgium squad.

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