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.
France and Belgium have faced off against each-other 73 times in their history but it may come as a surprise to find out that these two sides have not faced each other in a competitive match since 1986.
"We have spoken a few times over the phone", the Belgium skipper said.
"He motivates the troops with strong words", Pavard said. "It is true that it is unusual to have him against us for this match. They're good in the air and on the ground".
In Belgium, there were doubts about Roberto Martinez's ability to transfer the country's individual talent into a collective force. Fans welcomed his arrival in August 2016 with lukewarm enthusiasm because he'd only recently been fired by Everton in the Premier League.
French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet told AFP pointedly that "we've rather lost sight of him and he has little contact with the federation". "It is going to be a cracker but I see France going through". "He's held in high esteem".
"He is lucky to be with a team with a fine generation of players".
The semi-final matchup of the European neighbours promises to be full of intrigue as France aim to return to the final for the first time since a Zinedine Zidane-led team did so in Germany in 2006.
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France have steadily improved as the tournament has progressed and are now starting to justify the hype surrounding their presence at this year's tournament.
The French then showed their steel in the 2-0 disposal of Luis Suarez and Uruguay in the quarter-finals.
ST PETERSBURG: France's Antoine Griezmann (front) and team-mates practise on Monday at the St Petersburg Stadium. However, Croatia are still one of the least creative sides to have made the knockouts, largely because they are too reliant on the Real Madrid midfielder. "The best is Hugo".
Belgium must cope without defender Thomas Meunier, whose runs down the flank are a key part of Belgium's attack. The PSG right-back received his second yellow card against Brazil. Defeated Japan in the round of 16, 3-2.
Captain marvel Eden Hazard has really stepped up for Belgium.
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"I try to create gaps for my teammates", Giroud said. "It's my unselfish side". They won it all in 1998.
France did raise a number of questions during the group phase of the competition over whether they were going to be able to live up to the significant hype surrounding their star studded squad. Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling, and Jesse Lingard rotated possession neatly in the Sweden half, cleverly sucking the opposition to one side of the pitch before quickly switching the play for one of the wing-backs to dart into space and cross. Prediction: "France 2-1 Belgium".