Olivier Giroud says France lining up against Thierry Henry will be 'weird'

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Statistically speaking, France had Belgium's number when it came to taking shots for most of the game.

Two of the World Cup's outstanding players will now go head-to-head in St Petersburg, with De Bruyne aware of the threat that Mbappe will pose.

Deschamps has confirmed he values the contribution Giroud has provided and insists that despite the fact he is yet to score in Russian Federation, he has done everything else perfectly as France attempt to win their first World Cup since 1998. "He is extremely fast and can decide every match in a flash", Vermaelen told reporters.


The match is to be played later on Tuesday. 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. Pele hit a hat-trick against France in the semi-final of that tournament and is the last player under 20 to score in the final four.

"There is no revenge in football, I don't like that word", he said in his official press conference on Monday. This was exemplified in the team's 2-1 quarter-final victory over Brazil, when Kevin de Bruyne was deployed as a false nine while Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard where pulled wide.

- France's Kylian Mbappe (three) is the highest scoring teenager in a World Cup tournament since Pele scored six in 1958. But we will be ready because we have an extremely good state of mind and it is the semi-finals in the World Cup. "But he is someone I really appreciate, I'm happy for him". That evenness is why France is the team to beat in the mind of Jeffrey Marcus, publisher of the World Cup newsletter "The Banter".

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