The time for revenge has come for the Belgians who have been waiting for this moment for more than three years. Indeed, since France’s victory in the 2018 World Cup semi-final, French and Belgian fans love to tease each other and a rather funny rivalry has ensued. A new confrontation was then hoped for and, after the announcement of the semi-finals of the League of Nations, this match between France and Belgium was on everyone’s lips, on both sides of the border.
We are now on the cusp of this meeting the day after a rather disappointing Euro on both sides. Both Blues and Red Devils will be keen to catch up and show what they are really worth. They finally have the opportunity to respond on the field to the various provocations and it is clear that they will not let this chance pass by. To follow the game, which promises to be electric, meet on Thursday at 8:45 p.m. at the Allianz Stadium in Turin.
This Tuesday, July 10, 2018 haunted them for a long time, but the Red Devils are ready to take their revenge. Since that day, they have not ceased to impress by developing good play and very rare are the times that they have been forced to bow in an international match. Nevertheless, and the Euro has allowed us to see it once again, this team is struggling to confirm at major meetings. This summer, she saw her dream come to an end in the quarter-finals against Italy (1-2) and came home empty-handed once again. Yet with such a generation, it is in these types of events that they are truly expected to turn.
Regardless, Belgium remains a team that is among the very best in the world today and its first place in the FIFA rankings is proof of that. Since their defeat in the World Cup, the Belgians have lost only three games and have a very satisfactory record of 30 wins and 4 draws. It is therefore obvious that this team must be taken seriously despite their astonishing lack of titles at the highest level.
The Belgians are in full confidence since, since the Euro, they have won all their matches in the World Cup qualifiers. If it was harder at the beginning of September against Belarus where they won on the smallest of the margins (0-1), the Belgians had shown control, upstream, to easily overcome the Czech Republic (3- 0) and Estonia (2-5). Moreover, this place in the Big Four of the League of Nations, they owe it to a first place in a group composed of Denmark, England and Iceland and, with five victories, it is an understatement to say that the Red Devils deserve their place in the final square.
In its quest for a first international title, Belgium will be able to count on a Lukaku who, in difficulty lately in club, will be keen to gain confidence and on the return of his master to play, Kevin de Bruyne, author of a goal in the weekend clash between Liverpool and Manchester City. Finally, the only big absences from Roberto Martinez’s list are those of Dries Mertens and Jérémy Doku, both injured.
France may have the best team in the world on paper today, but the fact remains that football remains a team sport and that, for the moment, this squad is still far from the mark. The Euro turned out to be very disappointing with an elimination in the round of 16 and, beyond the result, it was the level of play displayed that raised concerns for Didier Deschamps and a whole nation. At the time, some were counting on the World Cup Qualifiers to revive and it is clear that they had the opposite effect.
Indeed, by successively conceding a draw against Bosnia-Herzegovina and then Ukraine, the Blues shone above all with their defensive feverishness and their inability to make a difference in front. However, it would take bad faith to talk about the World Cup Qualifiers without talking about the last game against Finland. Finally, the Blues have developed a game that lives up to their status and the Benzema-Griezmann connection, which was talked about so much before the Euro, showed what she was truly capable of with exceptional streaks. Therefore, in a delicate context, France remains on a very good note with this controlled victory against Finland. Now it will be about confirming in a game of a whole new dimension.
In any case, the France team have lost just three times since the final of the last World Cup and prove that, even in a difficult period, they are still difficult to beat. Bringing back the trophy of this League of Nations would still make it possible to silence the critics and reaffirm the strength of this team in the eyes of the world. To do this, Didier Deschamps decided to keep the overall backbone of the team present at the last meeting. It looks like Oliver Giroud will never be seen in the national team again, while Karim Benzema has been confirmed as one of the team’s new leaders.
The returns of Kevin De Bruyne and Thorgan Hazard will do good offensively for this Belgian team which still cannot count on Dries Mertens. It should also be noted that the young Charles De Ketelaere is part of the list, he who was very prominent during the Champions League match between PSG and FC Bruges. Behind, Roberto Martinez took a risk by selecting just four professional defenders, but will still be able to rely on experienced players such as Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen. Note the packages of Thomas Meunier and Thomas Vermaelen for this post.
Anyway, for this semi-final, we should find a fairly classic Belgium team arranged in 3-4-2-1. Lukaku, De Bruyne and Eden Hazard will take care of setting fire to the front when Thorgan Hazard, Tielmemans, Witsel and Castagne should do everything they can to win the middle battle. In defense, Jason Denayer should be paired with stalwarts Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld to counter the French offensives.
After the performance against Finland, it is hoped that Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann will be able to replicate what they have been able to do, all in combination with Kylian Mbappé. In any case, they should all three be aligned this Thursday, supported in the middle by Paul Pogba and Adrien Rabiot. N’Golo Kanté is not in the group due to a recent positive Covid 19 test.
Finally, in defense, we should find Raphaël Varane, Presnel Kimpembé and Dario Upamecano when Lucas Hernandez and Benajmin Pavard could well start in a role of piston.
It is a very undecided match which promises to be this Thursday. Nevertheless, the Blues will want at all costs to regain the heart of their supporter and what better than a victory against the Red Devils for that? In any case, what they showed in the last game showed their full potential and, if they manage to produce a similar game while being diligent defensively, they should be able to win. . Victory of France
This meeting promises to be truly indecisive as we are dealing with two of the best teams in the world. In this context, we are not immune to a draw at the end of the 90 minutes, on the contrary. Therefore, betting on the qualification of France allows you to afford a second chance in the event of an extension and could well pay off in view of the context in which this meeting is being played.
Given the offensive potential of both teams, it would not be surprising to see them each score a goal in this meeting. Indeed, the Belgians have scored at least one goal in each of their games since their defeat in the World Cup semi-finals when the Blues have also scored in their last 14 games. Thus, we are betting on the fact that France and Belgium will score on Thursday evening.
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