"We can not follow the path of another Belgian generation that has won the World Cup".
Belgium could make football history on Tuesday when they play France in their World Cup semi-final in the St Petersburg Arena looking to get to the final for the first time in their history and coach Roberto Martinez knows the importance of what his side could achieve. Deschamps may have bitter memories from that Euro final in front of a home crowd, but he is now on the verge of joining an elite club of coaches who have also won the World Cup as players. "In the changing room, Didier Deschamps was happy".
The Barcelona defender came on as a second-half substitute in Belgium's 2-1 quarter-final victory over Brazil - a match he believes has given the team more belief that lifting the trophy is possible.
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Courtois boasts two clean sheets from five matches in Russian Federation while Lloris has two in four.
Now I think a lot of questions have been answered in saying that this is a team, not a group of individuals. For comparison Belgium has scored 14, England has scored 11 and Croatia have scored 10.
"We'd like to have got to the final", said Omba, 18. "It's an advantage on both sides, but we will seize every opportunity to reach the final".
After winning successive French league crowns with Monaco and then Paris Saint-Germain, he announced himself on the global stage by knocking Lionel Messi's Argentina out of the last 16 with his brace in the 4-3 win.