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France coach Deschamps: Giroud so critical to our system

France coach Deschamps: Giroud so critical to our system

France and Belgium have clashed on the field for more than 120 years, but on Tuesday, in the World Cup semifinal in Saint Petersburg, the stakes will be higher than ever before.

Giroud and Courtois will come face-to-face in the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday night, with France taking on Belgium for a spot in next weekend's final.

France manager Didier Deschamps insists that his side need striker Olivier Giroud despite the fact that he is yet to score at this World Cup. The Spaniard has shown great tactical pragmatism by setting up his side to suit the characteristics of his best players and exploit the weakness of opponents.

"There is no revenge in football, I don't like that word", he said in his official press conference on Monday.

"The president will arrive to the France v Belgium match as part of a delegation in order to support his national team, as he said he would do if they advance to the semi-finals". I don't resent him. It means, if I'm on the field, the boss thinks I can help the team.

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"For me Kylian Mbappe is the best player in the French selection".

"It is more than a match", Aujourd'hui en France newspaper said on a full front-page spread that featured the two countries' most beloved comic characters - Tintin for Belgium and Asterix for France.

"Courtois is hard to play against".

De Bruyne's team-mate Eden Hazard also heaped praise on Mbappe, who became the first teenager since Pele to score twice in a World Cup knockout match with his brace against Argentina in the last 16.

"I am convinced that we will break down this wall".


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