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Antoine Griezmann mocks Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois

14 July 2018

There was a definite case of sour grapes for Belgium following their semi-final exit to France in the World Cup. It's a dream. We are going through to the World Cup final - but you have to realise that dream.

"I just want to lift the World Cup".

"I would have preferred to have lost in the quarter-finals to Brazil, at least that was a team that wanted to play football".

In reference to the opportunity of winning the World Cup and emulating the class of 1998, the Manchester United club-record signing says they have learnt from the Euro 16 defeat to Portugal.

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After the match Courtois and fellow Belgium star Eden Hazard expressed their disappointment at how France had conducted themselves.

La Liga's president Javier Tebas said: "When the moment is right and everyone is ready I would like to invite the children and their coach to go to a Liga game".

"My game is changing, now I am more likely to dictate the rhythm or hold onto the ball".

I could do one thing and it was to play football.

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After a slow start in Russia, France have picked up form.

Defender Samuel Umtiti scored the game's only goal, despite Belgium having the lion's share of possession. Their blend of experienced campaigners like Griezmann and Paul Pogba, and young stars like Kylian Mbappe and Benjamin Pavard, ensures they are the bookmakers' favourites.

"[In the 2016 Euros] we thought it was done and that we had won the trophy by beating Germany in the semi-finals".

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Antoine Griezmann mocks Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois