"You have to congratulate France and wish them well for the final".
Beaten finalists at Euro 2016 on home soil, France will aim to go one better in Russian Federation and emulate the successful squad of 1998 which included Didier Deschamps, who could emulate Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer by winning the World Cup as both a player and manager. The France vs. Belgium game is being broadcast in English on Fox, and in Spanish on Telemundo.
The 2-1 scoreline flattered the South Americans, who were blown away in the first half, and Belgium's "Golden Generation" seems to be clicking at just the right time - they look on course to reach their first ever World Cup final.
"The players showed incredible focus and incredible togetherness. Of course, it is a hard situation, it really is not easy for him", said Deschamps.
Both teams had ample chances in a wide-open first half, with Hugo Lloris coming up especially big on a Toby Alderweireld chance that appeared goal-bound to keep Belgium off the board. "On a personal level it is with great pleasure that I'm going to see him tomorrow".
Martinez' men are the only side to have won all of their games in 90 minutes in Russian Federation and are the tournament's top scorers with 14 goals.
"In the beginning of the match I was a bit surprised by such recommendations, and I thought to myself: if we defended against Brazil with only two players, things might get complicated".
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"My role for the team is to create opportunities and to give passes that my forward teammates can use to make the difference, " he said.
Belgium winger Eden Hazard has praised Roberto Martinez ahead of his countries semi-final against France on Tuesday evening.
"My disappointment is huge", said former Wigan and Everton boss Martinez. "That's the quality that he has".
Meanwhile, France coach Didier Deschamps is confident he has prepared his players for any tactical surprises his opposite number Martinez might spring. With Thomas Meunier suspended for Belgium, France could attack through the left flank which could free up space for Mbappe on the right.
Eden Hazard pushing for an equaliser. Will they do something similar against us?
The Barcelona man's 51st-minute winning header made him the third French defender to score at this tournament. "When you play such a game against Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals, I can tell you that it was the best game in terms of feelings and emotions".
In 29 matches for France, both in the underage sides and the seniors, Pavard has not lost a game.