Yet none of these teams have done that yet- France's attack still seems to lack teeth, Belgium nearly lost to Japan, England struggled to defeat Tunisia and Croatia are only here because of two consecutive penalty-shootout wins.
The winners will play England or Croatia in the final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday. The victor will play the victor of England-Croatia in the World Cup Final this weekend. "For us he was as important against Panama and Tunisia as he was against Brazil".
"I'm not jealous. There's a lot of mutual respect".
Both shot-stoppers enter the match in fine form, Courtois starring in Belgium's 2-1 quarter-final upset of Brazil while Lloris produced a stunning stop to help preserve a clean sheet in France's defeat of Uruguay.
"The fight against Japan was already a turning point, after a 2-0 deficit and still winning within 90 minutes".
"Kevin De Bruyne is a modern playmaker in the fact that he goes even quicker than what you can see".
France will have to be wary of Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne's pace on the break. Now they have the chance to book another final appearance although Deschamps prefers to look on the game as another opportunity for success, rather than atonement for the past. He was unleashed in a roving attacking position to devastating effect against Brazil, scoring with a wonderfully sweet strike. "So I've made sure that my players are prepared for any scenarios from the beginning of the match and during the match as well if it changes".
"They made a commitment of trying to help each other become a high-performance squad and to come together to be as good as we can at worldwide level has been a two-year process".
Ahead of the semi-final against France, the Belgium manager has spoken highly of one of his star players, who was widely considered the best player in Premier League last season. He plays as a number six, as a number eight, as a false nine, he can play out wide.
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