Kevin De Bruyne’s versatility paying off for Belgium at World Cup
Kevin De Bruyne’s versatility paying off for Belgium at World Cup
10 July, 2018, 23:29
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Belgium's rapid counters should make this a remarkably stretched game, not unlike France's 4-3 victory over Argentina, with huge gaps opening centrally for the young Paris Saint-Germain forward.
Martinez's Red Devils swept aside tournament favourites Brazil in the quarterfinals on Friday, setting up a mouth-watering matchup with Les Bleus in St. Petersburg this week. With former France striker Thierry Henry as an assistant coach, Belgium leads the scoring in Russian Federation with 14 goals in its five World Cup matches.
'This time it is much higher. "They have everything they need to be a great team and they are a great team.
But if they [Belgium] play their style of football they can play the role of the capable underdog and beat the mighty French team and book a spot in the final".
France will be at full strength ahead of this game.
Deschamps will also be happy to see Blaise Matuidi back in contention after he missed the quarter-final due to suspension. "They have great players, individual talents who can decide the game in one moment". The FC Barcelona centre-back has a knee injury, and his availability will depend on a fitness test closer to kick-off.
Lloris added: "Belgium are a very exhaustive team ... one that can attack and defend". Martinez has used his best passer in various roles.
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The Manchester United striker has chipped in with four goals and, as for the diminutive midfielder, he's typically worked tirelessly in the middle of the park.
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Belgium coach Roberto Martinez set up his side brilliantly against Brazil, and I'm sure he will replicate that and come up with a plan to stop Mbappe, and for that matter Antoine Griezmann. Both matches happened during the Round of 16. Until then, stay with us for all the build-up a soccer fan could ask for. But there haven't been one or two secrets to make it work, it's been common sense.
"I would be proud to show him that he picked the wrong side". "We know each other inside out because many of us [who will be on opposite sides] play for the same clubs".
France midfielder Blaise Matuidi is available for selection after missing the victory against Uruguay because of suspension. France then excelled in the extra 30 minutes and goals from Bernard Genghini and Manuel Amoros led France to third place.
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