Belgium have been superb at this year's tournament, finally dispelling the idea that they are a group of talented players who are unable to work effectively as a team. "They're good in the air and on the ground". Pogba has looked impressive alongside Kante in France's midfield, while Lukaku has scored four goals in the tournament.
Belgium produced what was heralded as a coming of age performance against Brazil in the quarter-final, blowing the five-time winners away with a display of attacking verve that was mixed with grit and resilience in defence. It's an advantage to both teams.
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"With my brothers, we have always been more supporters of France than Belgium because we grew up with '98", Hazard said. Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling, and Jesse Lingard rotated possession neatly in the Sweden half, cleverly sucking the opposition to one side of the pitch before quickly switching the play for one of the wing-backs to dart into space and cross.
Stopping them will be a different matter.
Lloris said: "The Belgium team is the most complete in the tournament. I think it's an advantage for our planning", Chadli told a news conference after Belgium's training session on the outskirts of Moscow.
Exluding penalty shootouts, France have lost just one of their last 13 World Cup knockout games (W10, D2, L1). But he knows that he has been working for two years to prepare for these seven games and that his players have the same commitment toward the goal.
He compared Henry's early steps in coaching to those followed by Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid before he took the top job and went on to win three Champions League titles in a row. "He's imposing himself more and more".
"I try to create gaps for my teammates", Giroud said. "He changed things, put his own mark and has great potential and I congratulate him at being here".
The 24-year-old missed the final few games of the season with a knee problem and was spotted grimacing towards the end of the 2-0 victory over Uruguay.
'When you go to a club overseas and play one from your own country, you are part of the enemy team, ' said France coach Didier Deschamps on Monday.
Speaking after Brazil landed back home to a positive response from the public, Neymar had the following to say about their exit at the World Cup quarterfinal stage following a 2-1 defeat to Belgium.
"Our trainings sessions are filmed by a drone after we took an extra video analyst to Russian Federation".
"N'Golo is an essential player".