France won't be surprised by Belgium, says coach Deschamps
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France are prepared for "any scenario" and have all players available for their World Cup semi-final meeting against Belgium, coach Didier Deschamps said on Monday.

"Nobody is out even though we rested four of our players (in training) today. That was a precautionary measure," he said in St Petersburg on the eve of the game.France are aiming for a second successive tournament final after losing to Portugal on home soil at Euro 2016.

The 1998 winners are hoping to be back at a first World Cup final since losing on penalties to Italy in 2006.France arrived in the last four after victories over Argentina (4-3) and Uruguay (2-0) in the knock-out phase.

Belgium, seeking to reach a World Cup final for the first time, came from two goals down to beat Japan 3-2 and then defeated Brazil 2-1.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez changed his team and tactics to surprise Brazil in the quarter-finals, and Deschamps said he had prepared his players for another possible tactical switch."Belgium played a great game against Brazil with a specific game plan.

Will they do something similar against us? Probably," he said.Martinez will have to make at least one change as right back Thomas Meunier is suspended."We will be ready and will adapt ourselves to Belgium's organization, whatever it is, due to Thomas Meunier's absence," Deschamps said.He added: "I have made sure my players are prepared for any scenario at the beginning of the match and during the match if it changes, but this is not specific to Belgium."The Marca.

 

 

10 Jul, 2018 11:06:39