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Monday, 9 July 2018

Russia 2018: Belgium Recharge For France

When the 2018 FIFA world cup semifinals begin on Tuesday July 10, it will be Belgium's arrival in an unfamiliar territory their bid to win the prestigious World Cup for a first time.

This is a territory famous for with France.

Belgium's manager Roberto Martinez's team will face the 1998 World Cup winners in St Petersburg on Tuesday for a place in the final.

"It's a trip into the unknown. We've never been in such a situation, and that's why we need our team spirit more than ever against France. We need to be the best version of ourselves."

There are similarities between Belgium and their opponents, especially when it comes to the wealth of individual talent in their ranks.

Belgium can call upon the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, while Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe have shone for France in Russia.

Mbappe was lethal in France's 4-3 Round of 16 win over Argentina, using his pace to devastating effect, but Martinez said his side would not make the mistake of focusing solely on one player.

"We will need to anticipate (Mbappe) and be well-positioned. We need to defend spaces more than the player himself. But we are not going to forget the others since France has a very complete attacking pattern.