France and Belgium will lock horns in a mouth watering World Cup Semi-final on Tuesday in Zenit Saint Petersburg and the winner of this match will be the favourite to win the tournament.
The Belgians, often said to currently have a ‘golden generation’ of players, have looked impressive during their run at the tournament, as they have sealed a place in the semis for only the second time, and the first since 1986.
Belgium is ready to win it’s first World Cup, as these players have shown a very strong mentality in their victories against Brazil and Japan. They are good in all the departments but attack is their strongest point because of players like Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens and Kevin De Bruyne. They are also tactically flexible as they showed against Japan, when coach Roberto Martinez replaced wingers Dries Mertens and Yannick Ferreira Carrasco with Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli to make them more dangerous on the setpieces and crosses and the changes worked wonders.
ROBERTO MARTINEZ –
The quality in this group is their incredible capacity to change things if the game needs it. That execution against Brazil gives you the biggest satisfaction as an international coach. At this level that kind of intelligence and adaptability is essential.
There is no country in the world who has produced more talented footballers than France in the last 5 years or so (Belgium comes close) and we can create a second team consisting of their substitutes and the players who could not make it to the 23-man squad and that team would also be considered as one of the favourites to win any international tournament.
Their attack consists of stars like Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele and these three players alone are worth €450 million. France came under pressure for the first time in this tournament against Argentina in the Round of 16 when they undeservedly went 2-1 behind in the second half and then they showed their true attacking strength and eventually won 4-3. N’golo Kante and Paul Pogba in midfield are the backbone of this team, and they need to be at their best if they want to beat this fantastic Belgium side.
DIDIER DESCHAMPS –
We know them, they know us. The peculiarity is there are many players on my team who have their own club team-mates facing them. So they know each other. It’s an advantage on both sides.
This is the clash between two teams with the most talented individuals of this generation, but France are the favourites to win because they have more superstars compared to Belgium and their crucial experience of Euro 2016 (runner-ups) gives them an upper hand.
France 3-2 Belgium (Football Infohub – Your Home Of European Football)
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