World Cup Discussion Thread - Day 27 (10 July)

SlotBadger

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Match #61 - Semi-final
France vs Belgium


Saint Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg - 19:00
  • Referee: Andres Cunha (URU)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Taran (URU)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
  • Fourth official: Cesar Ramos (MEX)
Apologies to @cwy21 for stealing his opening post for each round, but there's only a few hours to kick-off and he's not been online since yesterday.
 

kr1978

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I fancy a bit of a goal fest tonight (hopefully) and should be a lot less stressful than tomorrow night is going to be
 

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No idea who wins this.

France if they play like they did against Argentina but not if it's like vs Australia.
Belgium if like vs Brazil but not if like most of vs Japan.

Hope it's good, and tiring for all involved.
 

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Dembele playing wing back? Glad he's starting though.
I think De Bruyne will play as a wing back or Belgium will play 4 at the back and have Chadli and De Bruyne as RM/LM, Witsel DM with Fellaini an Dembele as CM and have Hazard playing behind Lukaku
 

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I think De Bruyne will play as a wing back or Belgium will play 4 at the back and have Chadli and De Bruyne as RM/LM, Witsel DM with Fellaini an Dembele as CM and have Hazard playing behind Lukaku
Belgium FA said Dembele is wing back apparently.
 

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Amidst all the talk of Martinez as tactical genius, against Brazil he played a back 4 with Verts at LB, a diamond with Witsel holding, Fellaini and Chadli right and left, and De Bruyne at the tip. Lukaku and Hazard were the front 2, with Lukaku starting wider than usual, probably to exploit Brazil's defensive vulnerabilties on their left flank.

What I really couldn't understand was why he picked Chadli as a tucked-in midfielder ahead of Dembele.

But if he's going with the same formation, I suspect Chadli will replace the suspended Meunier at RB and the Moose will finally get to start in midfield.

But who knows with Martinez?

EDIT: looking at the above posts, it seems there's more tacticaly fuckwittery going down with Moose at LWB.
 

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Mental side Belgium are going with. If they pull this off I'll be absolutely amazed, they should get destroyed on the flanks.
 
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Dembele has shown he has incredible pace and can bomb up and down the pitch. it is a masterstroke to play him as a wing back.


lololololololol
 
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