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Vertonghen: Mbappe has great quality

Vertonghen: Mbappe has great quality

11 Jul 2018, 17:20

Jan Vertonghen has pointed out that Kylian Mbappe was the toughest opponent he faced in his new position at left back.

The Tottenham Hotspur center- back was deployed on the left of a hybrid three/four-man Belgium defense, a system retained after the 2-1 over Brazil in the quarter-finals.

Vertonghen admits that he had to switch a little bit to be accustomed to the new role.

"It's been a while because in the last three years with this coach I haven't been playing left-back and neither at Tottenham, so I had to switch on a bit. The last two games were against Willian, Douglas Costa and now Mbappe. They were quite tough and obviously, Mbappe has great quality. He's a great player." he said.

He further praised the depth and quality within the France team and also revealed it was their intention to score first something that was not forthcoming though.

"We knew it was hard to break them down. Against this French team, you have to score the first goal and we didn't. They've got great center-backs, [N'Golo] Kante, [Paul] Pogba, [Blaise] Matuidi in front of them. They're a great defensive team and they can be defensive because they've got the quality up front to break any team down." the defender added.

France booked the finals slot awaiting the winner between England and Croatia to know their ultimate opponents.

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