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Giroud Labels LIoris Better Goalkeeper Than Courtois As France, Belgium Head For World Cup Semis Clash

Giroud Labels LIoris Better Goalkeeper Than Courtois As France, Belgium Head For World Cup Semis Clash

"This team have been playing together for seven or eight years and I think he has brought us tighter together with more belief in winning it".

Former champions France kicked out teams like Argentina and Uruguay in the knock-out stages whereas Belgium won an exciting game against Japan after trailing 0-2 and then booted out five-time champions Brazil in the quarters to make their second World Cup semifinal after 1986. 'If Mbappe was watching videos of me when he was younger, now it's me watching videos of him. I try and force myself to speak up. In the [Argentina] match he made an assist for Mbappé and we need this sort of supporting play. Then there's the fact that Les Diables Rouges' assistant coach Thierry Henry is one of France's heroes of 1998 (alongside French head coach Didier Deschamps), infusing the match with additional tension as two veterans of the famous black-blanc-beur team square off on the touchline.

"I would be delighted if I can prove to Thierry Henry that he chose the wrong camp", Giroud added.

'He hadn't played a lot of football and to tell the truth I didn't know him. Because our ambition is winning that final. He was unleashed in a roving attacking position to devastating effect against Brazil, scoring with a wonderfully sweet strike.

"His presence, his World Cup experience, it is all a very positive influence", said defender Toby Alderweireld before the start of the tournament.

Soccer Football - World Cup - France News Conference - France Training Camp, Istra, Russia - July 8, 2018 France's Olivier Giroud during news conference. Pele scored a hat-trick against France in the semi-final of that tournament, the last teen to score in the last four of the competition.

Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen, Chadli, Dembele, Witsel, Fellaini, De Bruyne, Lukaku, Eden Hazard.

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