Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
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Hazard and rest of the Belgium squad train ahead of semi-final

Hazard and rest of the Belgium squad train ahead of semi-final

Apart from having something to say about how one can win a World Cup, Henry will have to teach Lukaku how to dismantle France and score against the resilient Les Blues. The Chelsea shot-stopper was at the top of his game and never looked like putting a foot wrong for the entirety of the full ninety minutes, that were hotly contested between the two sides ever since the start.

Henry joined Martinez's staff in 2016 and the Spaniard explained how his experience of pressure moments at the business end of tournaments offered something other members of the former Everton manager's staff could not.

"What we didn't have was global experience, the know-how of winning a World Cup, the know-how of being a footballer, how you are expected to perform in front of the world and knowing how you feel in those moments", Martinez said on Monday.

Belgium's enthralling 2-1 win over tournament favourites Brazil meant that the remaining six teams left standing in the tournament were all European. Martinez wanted Henry to develop a winning mentality, and draw more out of Belgium's forwards.


"He had only played about 10 matches and at that time I didn't know him", said De Bruyne.

Belgium have reached the World Cup semi-finals for only the second time, losing out to eventual winners Argentina in 1986.

In fact, Giroud has failed to even get any of his 13 shots on target thus far - the most off-target shots a player has had at a World Cup since 1966.

"The frustration is there because we didn't lose to a team who are better than us, we lost to a team who play nothing, just defend".

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