One Tactical Change For Each Semi-Finalist — FIFA WC

Doug Mendoza
July 11, 2018

"Maybe in the World Cup or Euros (before) some players didn't have the feeling of winning at all".

Former cricketer and member of India's 1983 cricket world cup winning team, Sandeep Patil, coached Kenya to a historic semi-final in 2003 before Sourav Ganguly's brilliant century dashed their hopes.

Take a look through the gallery above to see the top 15 best value fantasy football players at the 2018 World Cup ahead of the semi-finals. However, in reality, Didier Deschamps has made his side a defensively-sided team as Les Blues have only conceded four goals in the tournament.

But for the last two years he has been serving as one of Belgium coach Roberto Martinez's assistants, his first foray into coaching and seemingly an inspired choice if the rare reviews from the Belgian players are anything to go by. "They played a great game against Brazil with a specific game plan", the 49-year-old Deschamps told a news conference yesterday.

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.

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Martinez claimed a lot of the credit for the win as his tactical changes worked to perfection, including moving Kevin De Bruyne into a more advanced role.

Like Martinez himself, he now wants the team to try and win Saturday's battle for third place against either England or Croatia, who play their semi-final on Wednesday. "I don't feel pressure, but I'm excited about playing in a very special match".

"It's a group of people who share a vision of making Belgian football proud and achieving something important and these players have done that".

France and Chelsea striker, Olivier Giroud, has picked his national team captain Hugo Lloris as a better goalkeeper than his club and Belgium's shotstopper Thibaut Courtois. "Portugal is not the Belgium side we face tomorrow, we have to give everything to get there", said Deschamps.

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