"I don't want any of my players to be frustrated and disappointed". Vincent Kompany hugged Henry and lifted him off the ground at the end of exhilarating victory against Brazil that propelled Belgium to this evening's meeting with France.
"Today is an unfortunate situation where we have a ball into an area where we've got our structure right".
'We wanted to get to the final, the players showed a real togetherness and focus and when the result is not there you can not be anything but disappointed'. Dubbed by many as the two best teams left in the competition, we could be in line for a thrilling encounter between two attacking-minded teams.
Reflecting on the game in Kazan, Hazard added that this may well have been the best game that he has ever played during his career. So all of the above applies for fans hoping to watch England and Croatia play for a spot in the World Cup 2018 finals.
Samuel Umtiti headed in from a corner for the only goal of the game to knock Belgium out, and Martinez said that while he was pleased his team negated France's threat on the counter-attack, his players did not show their usual finesse in front of goal.
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Looking forward to the Wednesday evening clash in Saint Petersburg, the 27-year old suggested that despite playing well against Brazil, that the challenge posed by France will be a completely different challenge for the Red Devils.
Belgium and France are considered the top two teams left in the World Cup. It is a fantastic generation and in order to beat them we will have to play a great match. "The French team has less possession, but in defence, the French team is stronger".
There have now been 158 goals at this World Cup, 48 of which (30%) have come from set-pieces (not including penalties). France will have their work cut out for them, and so will Hazard and co.
But it took a great save from Thibaut Courtois to deny French right-back Benjamin Pavard the opener, the Belgium No1 sticking out a leg to deflect his shot wide of the far post.
They last met in a friendly in 2015 and a number of Belgian and French players are team mates at club level.
Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps does not have many injury concerns apart from Djibril Sidibe. A photo of Belgian squad members and brothers Eden and Thorgan Hazard and their younger brother Kylian (also a professional footballer) wearing France shirts during the 1998 World Cup has done the rounds on social media and Eden, one of Belgium's key men, admitted his loyalties were once divided.