We'll show Thierry Henry he picked the wrong side

We'll show Thierry Henry he picked the wrong side

Belgium has played neighbouring France 73 times, but the teams haven't met in three years - and hadn't met in a competitive game since the 1986 World Cup. The Atletico Madrid striker was the top scorer in the 2016 Euros, leading host France to the final (where it lost to Portugal in extra time).

"I think Eden is in a great moment of his career", Martinez said before the tournament. But on the basis of this tournament, we have to disagree with Giroud. Hazard was particularly impressive as Belgium beat Brazil on Friday night, whereas Mbappe caught the eye by nearly singlehandedly destroying Argentina in the last 16 stage.

In Belgium, there were doubts about Roberto Martinez's ability to transfer the country's individual talent into a collective force. Martinez will either bring back Yannick Carrasco or shift Jan Vertongen across. The approach worked then, but will it succeed against France's frequently devastating attacking trio?

French team AG2R-La Mondiale, for example, features one Belgian rider, Oliver Naesen, as well as chef Benoit Bavay and physiotherapist Sylvie Troka.

Belgium captain Edin Hazard has warned his countrymen to be Warry of France's N'golo Kante, hailing him as the best in the world. He has good players around him, but we have those too.

This is an extremely tough call.

Deschamps insists Giroud is crucial to their system. But I'd be proud to show Titi that he chose the wrong side. Chadli played higher up the middle with Romelu Lukaku switched to the right and De Bruyne employed as a decoy centre forward, the so-called "false nine".

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Tour 2018, presented by Aon, will officially begin when the United squad flies from Manchester Airport for this summer's pre-season training camp in the U.S., where the Reds will contest matches against Club America, San Jose Earthquakes, AC Milan, Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Recent history is also on the side of the Red Devils: they triumphed 4-3 in the last meeting between the two teams, which took place on June 7, 2015, at the Stade de France.

It's easy to be suspicious of Roberto Martinez, so much a smooth talker that he occasionally comes across as a motivational speaker or self-help guru who fell into football nearly by accident.

"One thing is sure: They'll be the first to drink beers". These are encouraging signs for Didier Deschamps in defence.

They will also have the likes of Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann. But perhaps he is getting somewhere: France have come through some tricky games to reach this stage and has found a system that works.

There were 32 teams, now there are just four.

The Belgian went further to name the countries that will make the first knockout rounds of the tournament.

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