Deschamps: France ready for Belgium's tactical surprises

Kylian Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe

Brazilian Mario Zagallo won the 1958 and the 1962 World Cups as a player and then coached Brazil to the 1970 title, while Franz Beckenbauer was captain of West Germany in 1974 and led them to the world title in 1990 as their coach.

- France's Kylian Mbappe (three) is the highest scoring teenager in a World Cup tournament since Pele scored six in 1958.

Midfielder of the national team of Belgium on football Kevin de Bruyne spoke about the team's mood before the match 1/2 finals of the 2018 world Cup against team France.

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.

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. But Deschamps was only interested in talking about France vs. Belgium.

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Martinez's change was a forced one, with right wing-back Thomas Meunier suspended and could prompt a change in formation. "They played a great game against Brazil with a specific game plan", the 49-year-old Deschamps told a news conference yesterday.

France, who are looking for glory for the first time since 1998, has traditionally had the largest representation of African players in Europe.

"It's very good for Belgium", she said.

Olivier Giroud claims that France teammate Hugo Lloris is a better goalkeeper than his Chelsea teammate Thibaut Courtois. "Portugal is not the Belgium side we face tomorrow, we have to give everything to get there", said Deschamps.

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. "We will go into this final to win it, as we have still not gotten over the (2016) final".

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