FIFA WC: One Tactical Change For Each Semi-Finalist

FIFA WC: One Tactical Change For Each Semi-Finalist

The 2018 FIFA World Cup gave us some unbelievable action of football so far.

Belgians tasted bitterness in their beer on Tuesday after their dreams of a first World Cup final were ended by the narrowest of margins by their bigger French neighbours. However, in reality, Didier Deschamps has made his side a defensively-sided team as Les Blues have only conceded four goals in the tournament.

He was the Premier League and EFL Cup winners' outstanding player last season and, alongside club captain Vincent Kompany, the 27-year-old believes some of the lessons learned under the Catalan tactician are serving to benefit Belgium.

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.

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

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"He's a living legend of French football and we have a lot of respect for him".

Martinez went on to observe how De Bruyne's exceptional vision, range of passing and reading of a game make him a fans' favourite when he operates in the final third, while the same qualities can also be more subtly decisive from deep.

Prime Minister Charles Michel tweeted: "Bravo, Red Devils, for your performances and for having thrilled us all the way to the semi-finals".

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.

Just like players are free to choose which country or club they want to play for provided they abide by the law, similarly former players can not be judged by which country they decide to coach. Yet, for all that Titi has given Belgium-including a "taste for the attack", in the words of French Football Federation president Noël Le Graët-France and Deschamps retain an advantage: the children of 1998. "It's an advantage on both sides, but we will seize every opportunity to reach the final".

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