Two of the World Cup's most potent attacking teams produced just one goal but a bounty of unforgettable images when France and Belgium met in Tuesday's semifinal in St. Petersburg. "They don't use it much. I think the Belgian team is the most exhaustive team in all aspects of the game during this tournament - they are strong everywhere", Lloris told reporters at a pre-match press conference.
"Thibaut has an impressive wingspan".
Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi returned from suspension for France in place of Corentin Tolisso as Deschamps named the same side that beat Argentina 4-3 in the last 16. He can stop balls in any area.
"They are both geniuses", added Giroud.
MOSCOW, July 9 ― Belgium will be deeply disappointed if they fail to win the World Cup, defender Thomas Vermaelen said yesterday, in the first direct acknowledgement of the team's belief in their ability to emerge triumphant in Russian Federation. And they both deserve to be elected as best keeper of the tournament, even if I have a preference for Hugo.
Courtois boasts two clean sheets from five matches in Russian Federation while Lloris has two in four.
In a World Cup filled with exciting comebacks and a record-breaking number of matches decided by penalty kicks, all it took for France to best a high-scoring Belgian team was a single goal. Whereas France has won 24 matches. He has had a great career, he's our captain. "He gave an outstanding performance [against Uruguay]".
"When I was playing against Monaco he had only played about 10 matches".
"He can be unsafe for us but we are going to try and stop him from playing".