Normally, the No. 3 member of anyone's coaching staff is known only to people who probably need either a second job or a first one, and could walk many a street unrecognized.
Belgian citizen Gregory Oleffe says Belgium is statistically a better team than France. Uruguay responded by scrambling to cover up the 19-year-old striker in the quarterfinals, and allowed Antoine Griezmann, another world-class forward, to find the goal instead. They come in to the match on the back of an impressive, if somewhat nervy, victory over Brazil in the last round and the Spanish boss believes their preparations are starting to pay off. But they are much better than that.
"I hope that I'll stay undefeated through 31 games and that we'll lift this cup", said the defender, who has been linked with Bayern Munich in recent days.
The Chelsea star spoke exclusively with beIN SPORTS ahead of the game in Saint Petersburg, and clear from the start he was unable to divulge on tactical details for his side. They defended well, the were compact. Having already lived up to their pre-tournament billing as World Cup contenders, France and Belgium seek to move to within touching distance of their ultimate goal at the expense of their next-door neighbors. "I'm very happy for my players, we showed character and the right mentality, it was very hard for us tonight".
"When Deschamps took off Giroud to bring on N'Zonzi, then Pogba had more freedom but had freedom not to do silly things, he had freedom to keep the ball away from risky areas, to keep the ball, to assist Griezmann for a great chance, he was very very mature".
The goal, which came in the 51st minute, arrived from an unlikely source with Umtiti outmuscling the monumental Marouane Fellaini to head in a Griezmann corner from the right.
Kompany, an injury-prone 32-year-old who may well have played his last World Cup in Russian Federation, believes that, despite the loss, the class of 2018 has done his nation a favor. "Set plays", the former Porto and Real Madrid coach said. One forward will see an opposing forward who is also his club teammate. "If you are going to have to lose such a match, which is bearable, it is the manner in which our players lost, pushing for everything, trying everything until the final whistle".
The victor of France vs Belgium will take on the victor of tomorrow's England vs Croatia game.
The remaining semi-final takes place at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday, with the Three Lions looking to make it to the final for the first time since 1966. "The players talked a lot amongst each other; I do not know if some players talked to the coach individually, but I think the coach understood everything quickly". "So the players that are playing now they all had one match less than Croatia to play", he said. "In big matches you have to be yourself or a bit better".
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