Deschamps Says Henry Facing France ‘Bizarre’

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"France has always been one of the favourites to win the tournament", he added.

"This is exceptional. I am very happy for my players, we showed character and the right mentality", said Deschamps, who captained France in 1998.

"Maybe in the other two - the (last) World Cup and the European Championship, some players did not have the belief yet of winning it".

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. I've already spoken about Russian Federation.

"When I watch him dribble, he's thinking", Henry, who is now Belgium's assistant coach, said in an interview with French TV channel Canal+.

It was viewed by many observers as a breakout display at Russian Federation 2018 for the Manchester City star, but Martinez feels his efforts when stationed deeper alongside Witsel during Belgium's earlier games were also pivotal. "For us he was as important against Panama and Tunisia as he was against Brazil".

"I would've preferred him to be with us, for him to give me and the other French attackers advice, but I am not jealous".

"If you beat Brazil you should not be frightened by anyone", Chadli told reporters. So far the France manager has preferred to play natural central midfielders (Blaise Matuidi or Corentin Tolisso) in that role.

"The fight against Japan was already a turning point, after a 2-0 deficit and still winning within 90 minutes".

"I think he has built on the potential of the team", said De Bruyne. If the Manchester City man can produce more of the same France are in for a long night. "So I've made sure that my players are prepared for any scenarios from the beginning of the match and during the match as well if it changes".

"It is a unique opportunity to go to a World Cup and even more to be in a semi-final against France", he said. The first of the two semifinal matches are set to be played.

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