Tonight is the night. The whole world will come to a standstill. Only 22 young men representing two different nations will fight for one destination.
Tonight, Belgium will take on France in the first semifinal of 2018 FIFA World Cup. Both sides have squads filled with some extraordinary players who can change the course of the game in the blink of an eye. Irrespective of the winner, the world is going to witness some amazing football tonight when the clash of titans will begin within few hours.
With the questions like who has the better squad, who has better chance to win, who has better tactics, is it going to be a boring defensive match or there will be plenty of goals from both sides to entertain us- all will be answered when the ball starts rolling from the center spot of the playground.
But, who has the better squad, let’s try to find the answers.
Thibaut Courtois vs Hugo Lloris
Without a doubt, both have proved their worth as goalkeepers and have all the traits that would put them in the top of the world, keeping the fact in mind that both play for big teams in the Premier League. Courtois may be a little ahead in this race as he played a big role to stop Tite`s side. He was so solid in front of the bars that Brazil would not forget the painful memory of this defeat for a long time.
On the other hand, Hugo Lloris is at his 31 and will be playing his 103rd match tonight with France. Loris have surpassed the legendary French goalkeeper Fabien Barthez who played 87 matches for France.
Lloris made some of the most beautiful stops in 2018 World Cup, especially, when he stopped the header of Uruguayan Martin Caceres after the opening goal of Raphael Varane.
Vincent Kompany vs Samuel Umtiti
Manchester City bought Vincent Kompany from German club Hamburg on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee on August 22, 2008. Since then, Kompany has been a reliable name in defense for Manchester City. He is at his 32 and has still a lot to offer to Belgium.
On the other hand, Umtiti joined Spanish giants Barcelona from French club Lyon for a fee of €25 million on June 30, 2016. Many doubted the less known defender at first. But, with time, he has proved his worth. He has now established himself at Barcelona as a key player.
Kevin De Bruyne vs Paul Pogba
De Bruyne could not shine and show his true color as a deep-lying midfielder until Roberto Martinez used him as a false-nine against Brazil. He scored a stunner helping his team to qualify to the next round.
Paul Pogba, on the other hand, has not done something extraordinary until now except for the fact that he has acted as an all-rounder in the field. He tackled, he passed and he ran, but he is yet to contribute in the scoreline.
N`Golo Kante vs Marouane Fellaini
It is true that many people think that only the goalkeepers and strikers can change the course of a game. However, in reality, the midfielders, even the defensive ones, can make the difference in the outcome on the pitch.
For instance, if a team wants to break into the half of France, it has to face Kante first. The midfielder completed more than 51 kilometers distance in the last five matches and won tackles 52 times. His contribution is not only limited to defense and work rate, but also his pass accuracy is 90 percent.
Fellaini, on the other hand, does not have an impressive figure like Kante. But, with his 6 feet 6 inches height he can be destructive against any team any moment. He also scored one crucial goal against Japan.
Romelu Lukaku vs Antoine Griezmann
Lukaku showed how lethal he could be in the quarter-final match against Brazil. Although he did not score in the match, his run and passes from the right wing broke Brazil’s defense into pieces. He scored 4 goals so far in this tournament.
Griezmann is a sensational attacker who has proved his worth in this World Cup by scoring three goals. However, for his passing skills, he is ahead of Lukaku in the race.
Kylian Mbappe vs Eden Hazard
Both are star players and both have performed satisfactorily in this World Cup. Mbappe scored three goals so far, two against Argentina. His speed and dribbling keep the opponent’s defenders always alert.
Eden Hazard, on the other hand, has scored two goals and made two assists. As a playmaker, the Chelsea man has proved more than his worth.