Deschamps Says Henry Facing France ‘Bizarre’

Ross Houston
July 11, 2018

"It is a fantastic generation and in order to beat them we will have to play a great match".

France may be heading to the World Cup final, but Olivier Giroud is still making unwanted history in front of goal.

Belgium will take on France in the semi-finals on Tuesday and Martinez's assistant, Henry, will come up against his country of birth with a place in the World Cup final at stake.

'He's a different player now, and he will be a star for the next 15 years, ' De Bruyne added on Mbappe ahead of the clash in St Petersburg.

"I'm not jealous. There's a lot of mutual respect". "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".

"Now he has played a lot for France, a lot in the Champions League".

The City midfielder scored a stunning effort from outside the box as Belgium overcame favourites Brazil 2-1 in the quarter-finals on Friday.

Chelsea and Les Blues striker Giroud has admitted that while he has massive respect for France legend Henry, but he also revealed that he will be eager to get one over on Henry when the two continental neighbours face off in the Saint Petersburg Stadium. France and Belgium have met each other 73 times in all competitions and the latter has an upper hand as they have won 30 times.

After a poor outing against the US in the final tune-up, Giroud, 31, did not start the opener against Australia, but when France struggled against the Socceroos, head coach Didier Deschamps brought on Giroud, who was involved in the buildup that led to the winning goal late in the game.

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