Kylian Mbappe has revealed that the French team had a "serious talk" at half-time before they completed a thrilling 3-2 comeback against Belgium in their UEFA Nations League semi-final on Thursday night.
Les Bleus were trailing 2-0 at half-time courtesy of goals from Yannick Carrasco and Romelu Lukaku, and looked like a beaten side at the interval, but things quickly changed after strikes from Karim Benzema, Mbappe and a 90th-minute winner from Theo Hernandez.
Scroll through the gallery above to see France in action against Belgium on Thursday
Mbappe scored a second-half penalty to put his 2020 UEFA European Championship disappointment behind him – he had faced widespread criticism after going goalless throughout that tournament and then missing the crucial spot-kick that led to a round of 16 exit for his national team.
Following their stunning comeback win on Thursday, France are now set to meet Spain in the Nations League final on Sunday, while Belgium and Italy will vie for the third spot.
In a post-match interview, the Paris Saint-Germain forward explained how his team were able to turn things around against the Red Devils, who are currently the No. 1-ranked football nation in the world.
"We were losing 2-0, things started badly. We didn't give up," Mbappe said, per Get French Football News.
"At half-time, we had a serious talk. We came back with real intentions. We played higher, we scored early. At the end, it was completely crazy.
"It is good, it gives confidence to the team, to the staff. Now, there is a final. We have to win. If you do all that and you don't win, it will be frustrating.
"We want to play matches like this. I adore these matches. They are matches filled with pressure. These are the matches that everyone is watching, that everyone wants to play in."
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