Belgian coach Roberto Martínez made technical changes against Brazil. In order to clear its path to the final, he again can bring changes today. And the French coach Didier Deschamps is very alert about this. The current circumstances prove that Deschamps is facing extreme challenges to understand Belgium`s tactics.
Belgium usually play in 3-4-3 formation. But coach Martínez surprised everyone by adopting 4-3-3 formation against Brazil. And thus Belgium checkmated the match and made it to the semi finals.
The Belgian style of football follows the swiftness. Romelu Lukaku is the center forward of the `Red Devils`. And Kevin De Bruyne is the central midfielder of the team. But in the quarter-finals, coach Martínez made Bruyne play as a center forward and chose Lukaku for the right wing. And this somewhat astonished the Brazilians. Belgium totally utilized the opportunity and beat Brazil in that match. And that made the France coach more tense. He can realize that Belgium can surprise them too.
In an interview Deschamps said, "Fate did not only help Belgium to make it to the semi-finals. They had specific plans against Brazil and they could implement them correctly. They play very fast football. So we should make sure that our players do not get afraid at this pace."
Earlier, France and Belgium faced each other in 73 matches. France won 24 times and Belgium won 30 matches. They have seen draws in the remaining 19 matches. This is also in Didier Deschamps` mind. Though history is in favour of Belgium, can they prove it tonight?