They haven't played well except for the previous match in which Martinez tweaked his system ever so slightly to more of a back four, dropped Carrasco and Mertens and discovered that by pushing De Bruyne - perhaps one of the best four players in the world - into advanced positions, he was quite good at football. "At the time, there wasn't the jersey of Belgium, that's why we wore the one of France". Even though France has a young team, they also have a very experienced player on the team, the goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris.
After winning back-to-back penalty shootouts to reach their second-ever (1998) World Cup semifinal, Croatia's tank will be closer to empty than any of the four sides still competing in Russian Federation, but Modric believes they can dig deep once more and qualify for the final. Individual skills are always shown, but team play is the characteristic of the French play. When Henry finished playing and joined Martinez's new Belgium staff in 2016, Deschamps said, "He jumped on the right train".
"I think the two teams are very different".
Asked what Macron said, Mbappe replied: "President Macron said that he would see us in the semifinals, and that he was going to come back to see us with the World Cup". It promises to be an exciting encounter with goals guaranteed as two well-matched attacking sides take on each other.
Eden Hazard has slammed France for their supposed negative tactics during their World Cup semi final win over Belgium.
"But he did know that from the time he became an assistant to Martinez".
Mbappe's incredible backheel then put Giroud clear on goal but the striker's effort was well blocked by Mousa Dembele. "That's the quality that he has".
The world now gets to see France's luxury squad, collectively valued in excess of $1 billion and headlined by teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, in another major final.
Belgium threatened down the flanks and Eden Hazard put in a unsafe cross which was turned behind by Umtiti - though the resulting corner was wasted by Nacer Chadli, playing in an unfamiliar right-back role.
"They played a great game against Brazil with a specific game plan". Will they do something similar against us?
France keeper Hugo Lloris, a Golden Glove candidate in Russian Federation, had nothing but positive things to say about the Belgium squad.
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.
With 10 minutes to go and time running out for Belgium, they were certainly unlucky not to win a free-kick after Olivier Giroud brings Hazard to ground but the ref waved for the match to continue. They are used to being in big games so I don't want any of my players to be frustrated or disappointed.
Didier Deschamps' side will face England or Croatia in Moscow on Sunday as the French look to lift the trophy for the second time following their triumph on home soil in 1998. With the sides hard to separate on paper, how they handle the pressure, and perhaps those little nuggets of inside knowledge, could make all the difference.