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Mbappe rubs it in for Belgians, says ‘I’m in the final’

Mbappe rubs it in for Belgians, says ‘I’m in the final’”

It was a two-year process for Roberto Martinez to harness the individual talents of Belgium's golden generation and bring them to the brink of the World Cup final, he said on Monday.

"Even speaking to my family, I didn't feel like I was playing well, especially in the first half", he added.

They will now face Croatia or England in Sunday's showdown and are likely to be heavy favourites regardless going into that match. We then settled better than them and I thought for the rest of the game, we were the better side and had chances. "When you had the ambition of getting to the final, it's tough individually and collectively to prepare for the next game".

"Yes, we are in another final - two years ago, I remember what happened two years ago", the coach said after Tuesday's victory.

"But equally, we're always looking at how we can hurt them, what are the areas we can exploit in the way they play?"

The Champs de Mars was home to a giant fan park during Euro 2016 when over 90,000 watched the matches live on the giant screen.

The spotlight has been on 19-year-old sensation Kylian Mbappe in Russian Federation, whose electric pace and skill lit up the tournament.

Roberto Martinez bemoaned the fact the semi-final had been decided on a set-piece, however the Atletico forward believes it's an important part of Les Bleus' gameplan. But like Mbappe, he took a back seat against the Belgians as Lloris and his defense starred at St. Petersburg Stadium.

When France's defense was breached, the agile Lloris was on hand to make decisive saves - just like against Uruguay.

"Of course there is some power left for the English", said Dalic.

Unsurprisingly, the mood in the England camp is positive but one thing Southgate has instilled in his players is a willingness to confront negative moments and learn from them. I sent him a message before he went to the World Cup and when he scored the goal, but I have not heard anything back.



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