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Defeated Argentina in the round of 16, 4-3. Four years ago in Brazil, the highly-touted Belgian squad lost to the Albiceleste 1-0 in the quarter-finals, limping out rather meekly. The Red Devils have equaled their best World Cup in history - they also reached the semi-finals in Mexico 1986 - but now the team wants more.

When they defeated Brazil 2-1 in the 2018 World Cup quarter-finals, Belgian football would have rejoiced.

Who wins France-Belgium? And where does all the value lie? In Russia, he has scored his team's first and last goal, converting a penalty kick in the second half of its opening win over Australia, then setting up one goal and scoring another in a 2-0 quarterfinal victory over Uruguay. And rather than having Henry waiting on the sideline to congratulate them, Griezmann and France now have their team's former captain on the sideline trying to beat them. The Real Madrid-Barcelona duo have held tight when called upon, and produced a real masterclass in keeping Luis Suarez and Uruguay quiet.

Didier Deschamps has no major roster issues to deal with ahead of the semi-final tie.

"Of course I would prefer it if he were with us and he were giving me his advice, but we mustn't be jealous", said Giroud.

But a simple duplication of style might not to do against a formidable French team without injury or suspension issues.

Along with Kylian Mbappe, France should have enough firepower to trouble the three-man Belgium defence.

"When you face your old team you are part of the enemy team but this time it is a notch higher".

The pace of Mbappe has to be dealt with; Diego Laxalt did an excellent job but he had the pace to match.

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"Belgium are in a forward gear", said Deschamps.

Belgium's fire-power is to be feared as well. Their form, especially Hazard's, will have Deschamps thinking of possible cover for Pavard.

Asked how much this "Golden Generation" can accomplish, Martinez said: "It is important for everyone to understand that Belgium has a population of 11 million and that the current generation of players did not happen by accident". De Bruyne just missed out on end-of-season honors from the players' and writers because of Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah's goal glut.

Corentin Tolisso would be the more possession based and creative option while Blaise Matuidi is a more direct and defensive player. Kante's role could prove crucial if he can cut off the pipeline of supply to Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens. With Belgium's front three likely to come under intense scrutiny, the man to break the shackles could be Nacer Chadli.

Coach Janne Andersson conceded England might be the only team at this tournament whose aerial prowess is on par with his Swedish side. His off-the-ball movement and stretching of Belgium's play could just be what Martinez has in mind. With Paul Pogba providing more going forward, it will be up to Kante to keep a watchful eye on Belgian playmaker Kevin De Bruyne.

Tactically, the permutations-combinations are endless given the abundance of talent at the disposal of both coaches.

It's easy to be suspicious of Roberto Martinez, so much a smooth talker that he occasionally comes across as a motivational speaker or self-help guru who fell into football nearly by accident.

Les Bleus' 2010 World Cup debacle can easily be taken as the low point that shook their foundations and led them into an era of relative success, although it is anything but.

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