At the press conference of the French blikten coach Didier Deschamps and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris ahead to the semi-finals on Tuesday night against the Red Devils. ‘Thierry Henry is now in a difficult situation’.
Deschamps showed a lot of respect for the Red Devils and coach Roberto Martinez, but also saw possibilities. “Belgium has a very athletic team, with great length”, he put out from the shore. “They have recovered so well after the elimination at the european CHAMPIONSHIP against Wales two years ago and were one of the best teams in the group stage here in Russia. We know Belgium well, a lot of players of both teams play at club level together.”
‘The absence of Meunier by someone else to support. Belgium against Brazil in a grand match played. Martinez had his society then reinforced, and the flanks double-occupied held. The front could be Hazard and Lukaku in a quick counter-attack to shine. I have different tactics and setups in my head for Tuesday. That I’ve not only against Belgium, also against other teams.’
Deschamps gave that everyone is fit for the party with the Red Devils. Also, the left and back Benjamin Mendy, who for the past days had not trained with a dijblessure, is ready for battle.
Thierry Henry, the T3 of the Red Devils, is a special party to wait. Henry became world champion with France in 1998, but it’s Tuesday on the bank with the Red Devils.
“I appreciate Thierry really’, he continued Deschamps. “When together we can be world champion, I was already a bit older and he is still young. He is now in a difficult situation. At club level, some situations more often. How he will react, I do not know. That you should ask him. But I’m glad him again tomorrow to see.’
‘Most complete team’
Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris thinks that France is a warm evening in the semi-finals of the world cup against Belgium. “It is a competition of a high level,” predicts the 31-year-old centerpiece of Les Bleus. “We will be strong for the day, and our level increase, which is against the Belgians. We are approaching our goal, but the matches will be more difficult. I think we also a bit of luck will need to have. Our strength is according to me that we are at our core a great mix between youngsters and experience. The game against Belgium is a very important stage in our career.’
The Devils were on the world cup all smooth the way to goal. Fear not the goalkeeper, the Belgian waves? “We realize that we are on offensive near one of the best teams of the tournament meet,” says Lloris. “We are going to here collectively need to address. We allowed the Belgians certainly not space, because they are very strong. They also have a lot of confidence after their comeback against Japan and victory against the top favourites Brazil.’
“Belgium is according to me the most complete team in all aspects of the game”, continued the keeper. “They defend and attack well, powerful in the air. In short, it is a fantastic generation. We will have a strong party must play to the full of loot to pick up.’
The red Devils have almost twice as much experience as Les Bleus
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