While, Martinez isn't expected to mirror the entirety of his masterplan against France, this newfound setup is the ideal marriage between Belgium's high-flying offensive interplay and resoluteness at the back with the Alderweireld-Kompany-Vertonghen trio coming to the fore against one of the tournament's most potent attacking threats in Brazil.
"And we have to be like that, I think, if we are going to get in the final, so we'll have to perform well and play well."
Twenty years after France first won the World Cup, Les Bleus moved to within one match of repeating the feats of the celebrated team of 1998 by beating Belgium to reach Sunday's final. "On a personal level it is with great pleasure that I'm going to see him tomorrow".
For France, N'Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud have been crucial thus far and are both are expected to feature in the semi-final. "I pity him", he said.
"For me Kylian Mbappe is the best player in the France team", Vermaelen told reporters. The Rolling Stones frontman is a big soccer fan, having attended the World Cup final in Brazil in 2014 as well as many England games.
"We've strived to be as good as we could be at worldwide level and it's taken us two years to get there".
At just 19, Mbappe has been one of the stars of the competition, marking his campaign with three goals, while his performance in the last 16 clash against Argentina has been widely regarded as one of the best on show in Russian Federation so far.
Belgium have scored at least two goals in all but one game during this competition.
"He plays an extremely important role for Martinez", Pfaff said.
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Ferdinand and fellow BBC pundits Alan Shearer and Jurgen Klinsmann were analysing Mbappe's performance so far in the World Cup. After ousting Brazil in the semis, Belgium go into their match up against France high in confidence.
Nacer Chadli deputised for the suspended Thomas Muenier at right wing-back, allowing Moussa Dembele to join the midfield.
'They are a great side and have a fantastic generation of players.
'Most of them play in the Premier League, so we know them well. His goal against Argentina, in the 4-3 win that marked the moment France truly arrived at World Cup 2018, is one of the strongest contenders in an exceptional "Goal of the Tournament" field and he has a notable record to try and maintain.
"It's peculiar because there are many players on my team who will be facing their own club team mates".
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In a tournament dominated by goals from set pieces, France took the lead from a corner.
"Want to say a special thank you to the whole country for the support we've received so far", wrote the Tottenham man.
France had their best chance with less than 10 minutes of the first half to go.
Stopping them will be a different matter.