Kylian Mbappe's response to Belgium players being angry about France's tactics

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Safe to say Belgium players were unhappy with the tactics used by France to progress into the World Cup final on Tuesday night.

Belgium dominated the game with 60% possession and from the outset France sat deep, looking to break on the counter through Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe.

And it worked. France had double the amount of shots to their opponents and eventually won 1-0, with the game's only goal coming from a corner.

Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Kevin De Bruyne all bemoaned Didier Deschamps' approach to the game, with Hazard going as far to say he would rather lose than play like them.

Which, let's face it, probably isn't true.

"I prefer to lose with this Belgium than win with that France," said the Chelsea man, with teammate Courtois adding: "France have played anti-football.

"I have not yet experienced that a striker plays so far from goal. It's their right to play like that, but it’s not nice to see. Not only the French tactics, but the referee. He didn't call well at all."

And De Bruyne said: "Have I been annoyed by France? No, I play at [Manchester] City. I play against teams that play so defensively 90% of the time.


"That is football. What they do, they do well. Both teams have had opportunities. That one goal makes the difference."

Belgium players will be having nightmares about Mbappe for the next couple of nights after the 19-year-old tore their defence apart with some genius moments.

His pace was a constant problem for Roberto Martinez's side and some of the passes he played were stunning, such as the through ball to Olivier Giroud.


Mbappe is renowned for being so calm and composed for such a young man and his post-match comments about Belgium's players moaning also showed he has a winner's mentality.

"The Belgian players can think what they want," he said. "If I offended them, then I apologise. But I am in the final."

And that's all that matters - being in the final. France's performance wasn't pretty at the times but the fact is they got the job done.

One game stands in the way of Les Bleus winning a second World Cup and it must be said that it's hard to see past them.

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