France ready for Belgium's tactical surprises, says coach

France ready for Belgium's tactical surprises, says coach

All eyes will be on a potential thriller which will see 1998 World Cup champions France locking horns with Belgium at the Krestovsky stadium. I love him. He doesn't show much emotion, he just reads things and is happy and excited about defending'.

The irony of Thierry Henry, one of France's all-time soccer greats, plotting his own country's downfall at the World Cup in Russian Federation has not been lost on his former team mate Didier Deschamps, who calls it a freaky situation.

Ultimately, it was Samuel Umtiti rising above everyone else to steer a header past Courtois and the French back to the World Cup final. He was a runner-up in 2006 and also competed in 2002 and 2010.

Three players are the major focus of millions of soccer fans here in Russian Federation, as France faces Belgium in today's semifinal clash at the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup.The fans are waiting to see France's youthful offensive force led by 19-year-old star, Kylian Mbappe, and Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, in action against a Belgian side led by Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku. He tells us stories from his playing days and they inspire us.

'I used to do it sometimes, especially in the latter stages of my career, if I was playing against someone quick I'd get Michael Carrick or someone in front.

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"It is unbelievable. It is the dream of dreams, the dream of the future, everything", said 19-year-old Mbappe, who tormented the Belgian defence with his runs. Yet none of these teams have done that yet- France's attack still seems to lack teeth, Belgium nearly lost to Japan, England struggled to defeat Tunisia and Croatia are only here because of two consecutive penalty-shootout wins.

"He has brought us that important element of experience", the coach said on Friday.

"It's very good for Belgium", she said. We were all happy, all hugging.

As for who they will be backing come Sunday, when France will face either Croatia or ancient rivals England, some in Belgium admit that, for all their closeness to French culture, especially in the French-speaking south, it will be hard to cheer for Tuesday's victors in the "Asterix vs Tintin" derby. "It is an opportunity, nearly to try and improve on what we did against Brazil", he said.

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