Didier Deschamps has won the battle of tactics in a game where strategies never applied and mattered.


We can say that Didier Deschamps always won matches because he always devotes himself to the team 100%. According to the French manager, it has never worried him what system his team plays. What has mattered is the way he was able to condense so many talents to find a starting eleven. Many will say that he is more of a facilitator than a tactician. Winning every match is his only concern, the rest never worries him. Roberto Martinez was in a similar position just like Deschamps. Of course, he had a squad that is rich in talents. He had players with different abilities in every position on the pitch. Just like the French team played under Deschamps, Belgium also played under Roberto Martinez where they found themselves playing comfortably with one another. The players struggled to develop a cohesive identity and also flattered to deceive. Both teams struggled to fight the weights of their super egos.

As of last month, these overweight talented egos were almost crippling the Belgian team. It was a significant problem that nearly killed the squad. There was no cohesion. The Belgian team played a warm-up World Cup match against Portugal that saw them held to a deathly dull and goalless draw against the Portuguese. Belgium was very sluggish and muddled. They kept on going forward and messed at the back only to be jeered off at full time. Kevin De Bruyne was interviewed, and all he had to say was that they performed poorly, but they could have done better.

However, their game against Brazil changed everything. Over 11.35 million eyebrows that were back at home cheered them as they thrashed the Brazilians. They all chanted and praised the team in unison. Roberto Martinez dropped off Dries Mertens and Yannick Carrasco. He also changed the position that favored Kevin De Bruyne and Romelo Lukaku. This tactic worked. Roberto had not unleashed all his best players on the pitch, but the squad looked all better. This was the bravest tactical decision that the World Cup has seen. This tactic did set up the most entertaining and perfect Semi-final. Even at this dying moments, Roberto still wanted to prove that he was willing to show the world his wild vision of winning matches superbly. Roberto showed that he was ready to cede possession with the likes of Witsel and Fellaini being introduced in the midfield pivot.


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