St. Petersburg (Russia): Although the Tour de France cycle race would normally be the focus of French and Belgian sports fans at this time of year, it's a fair bet that Tuesday's World Cup semi-final here will beat the viewing figures of the annual cycle race in the two nations in question.
'Being a defender playing against pace creates panic, ' Ferdinand said.
"I don't want to offend Martinez but he, of course, benefited from Wilmots' work, despite the fact that Wales eliminate the team", Deschamps said.
'I used to do it sometimes, especially in the latter stages of my career, if I was playing against someone quick I'd get Michael Carrick or someone in front. He can stop balls in any area. But once you get it, it makes football easier.
It was viewed by many observers as a breakout display at Russian Federation 2018 for the Manchester City star, but Martinez feels his efforts when stationed deeper alongside Witsel during Belgium's earlier games were also pivotal. "It's an advantage on both sides, but we will seize every opportunity to reach the final". We have a lot of respect for what he's done, but we're not going to think about it very much.
"When I watch him dribble, he's thinking", Henry, who is now Belgium's assistant coach, said in an interview with French TV channel Canal+.
Martinez had predicted past year, after Belgium became the first team to qualify from the European preliminaries, that Henry would have a positive impact on the Belgian players at the tournament.
France face arguably their biggest test so far when they come face to face with a Belgium side that has been in top form. We saw them against Argentina perform the way they did and it was a different type of performance tonight.
In terms of their attack, they have actually struggled- only scoring eight goals up to this point. Kevin de Bruyne who played the false number 9 role with great effect in a 2-1 win over Brazil will be among influential players for the Devils.