The match between France and Belgium in the semi-finals of the Nations League, Thursday, promises a “battle on a tactical, technical and physical level.” This is expected by French coach Didier Deschamps, who spoke in French media on Monday.
Martin DelvauxSource: Belgian
“It is not negatively intended to say it will be a fight,” Deschamps explained. “There is enough respect between me and Roberto Martinez, the players themselves, some of them playing football together at club level. But that does not count for an hour and a half on the field, where we play for a place in the final.”
The two countries meet again after the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup, which was won by cunning France (1-0). After that some demons complained about the French way of playing. Deschamps is not worried that the rivalry between the two teams will only increase. There has always been rivalry between border countries, such as Spain and Italy. It’s not Thursday’s game that will change that. This rivalry is healthy and athletic. There might be burps on both sides after the semi-finals (in 2018, editor). But this was still in the heat of battle. Later, they made these statements too big.”
Deschamps further notes that the Red Devils have “six or seven players with over 100 caps”. “They can always create an organization and there are guys who also stick their noses to the window,” French T1 continued. “Their core is very experienced. There is still a lot of potential to attack. Belgium is one of the best teams in Europe and the world.”
After a somewhat turbulent period – France died in the eighth final of the European Championship against Switzerland last summer and then drew with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ukraine in the World Cup preliminary round – the French returned to Finland (2-0). victory. Deschamps had set up a five-man defense for the occasion. The coach now declares that he “knows” which team he “would like to play with” against the Devils. “I did well against Finland and it’s still an option. I can’t help but be satisfied with this latest achievement, both in terms of the result and the match. I’m here anyway to find the best solution for the next opponent. My goal is to create as many problems as possible with the Belgians.” “.