Olivier Giroud says France lining up against Thierry Henry will be 'weird'

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"If you beat Brazil you should not be frightened by anyone", Chadli told reporters. "Obviously, I prefer to have chances and score but, if I can make space for the others, I always try to choose the best option for the team".

Soccer Football - World Cup - France News Conference - France Training Camp, Istra, Russia - July 8, 2018 France's Olivier Giroud during news conference. Add to that the pace of Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, who will also drop back to help in the middle and Didier Deschamps has a team without any apparent weaknesses.

"When France were world champions in 1998", Giroud said on Sunday, "I think [Christophe] Dugarry scored one goal and [Stephane] Guivarc'h not at all".


"At that time I didn't know him but now he's been playing for a year and a half".

"The president will arrive to the France v Belgium match as part of a delegation in order to support his national team, as he said he would do if they advance to the semi-finals".

The game, as expected, has monopolized the front pages in both countries, complete with references to their long comic book traditions.


While Asterix is a Frenchman, Tintin - the daring journalist - has Belgium as his home.

Friday's 2-1 victory over Brazil in the quarter-finals followed a rousing come-from-behind win over the Japanese, where Belgium found themselves two goals behind with 30 minutes to play but won 3-2 in the round of 16.

"Courtois is hard to play against".


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.

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