France Team, Predicted Playing XI vs Belgium

Lawrence Kim
July 11, 2018

France coach Didier Deschamps has faced some criticism for being too pragmatic and functional despite having so many stars in his squad, but the organization of the team was superb and Belgium was largely restricted to only minor chances that were kept out by the flying Lloris.

'I prefer to lose with this Belgium than win with that France, ' said Hazard afterwards.

"I'm pleased for him, he's someone I really appreciate", Deschamps said. Dubbed by many as the two best teams left in the competition, we could be in line for a thrilling encounter between two attacking-minded teams.

Up in the corporate seats, French President Emmanuel Macron reacted to the goal by shaking the hand of King Philippe of Belgium as Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino watched on between them.

"The players showed incredible focus and incredible togetherness".

Belgium winger Eden Hazard has praised Roberto Martinez ahead of his countries semi-final against France on Tuesday evening.

Martinez' men are the only side to have won all of their games in 90 minutes in Russian Federation and are the tournament's top scorers with 14 goals. Yes I scored the goal but tonight we delivered a huge match. That one goal makes the difference'. "That's the quality that he has".

Henry, France's all-time top scorer, and second-most-capped player after Lilian Thuram, is trying to help Martinez mastermind a win over his own nation.

Nacer Chadli deputised for the suspended Thomas Muenier at right wing-back, allowing Moussa Dembele to join the midfield.

Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard completed six dribbles in the first half while the other 21 players completed eight dribbles between them.

Everything was slayed to perfection by Roberto Martinez's men in the previous match, finally meeting expectations set by Federation Internationale de Football Association and the judging eyes of the world.

"I didn't see France running away with the game", Martinez added.

"Will they do something similar for us?"

France have no such selection issues and are nearly certain to stick with Stuttgart's Benjamin Pavard at right back after a string of impressive displays from the 22-year-old have made him one of the tournament's stand-out defenders. "We worked hard defensively, we needed to take advantage a bit more in the counter-attacks but congratulations to my players and my staff", he said.

In 29 matches for France, both in the underage sides and the seniors, Pavard has not lost a game.

The tournament favourites must wait 24 hours to discover whether they will play England or Croatia in Sunday's final in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium but they will approach the game full of confidence.

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