Long considered the a lesser footballing nation than its neighbor the Netherlands - whose orange-clad teams have reached three World Cup finals and lost them all - this Belgium team has at least dispelled the Dutch shadow. "It will be freakish to have him up against us", said France striker Olivier Giroud.
Deschamps came in for criticism in the wake of France's Euro 2016 final defeat to Portugal on home soil and even faced calls to be sacked but Lloris believes the coach has answered his critics, changing the set-up of his forward line in the group stage to maximise Kylian Mbappe's threat and alternating tactics in the knockout stages.
"This team is nowhere near the level they're going to be capable of, partly because of their age and partly because over the next few years, with us and with their clubs, they're going to have more and more big-match experiences".
Near the end of the game French midfielder Blaise Matuidi had to go off due to injury.
Deschamps, who captained France's only World Cup winning side in 1998, said the march to Sunday's final has been underpinned by a steely determination.
But England can not afford to dwell on the French just yet, with Croatia likely to be a tough battle on Moscow on Wednesday night. England had not reached the semifinals since 1966 when they also won that year. That's their right. They know when an opponent plays very deep, that's where we have problems.
He is now trying to minimise potential distractions as his young team prepare to take the next step in their bid to repeat their World Cup triumph at home 52 years ago. Almost 20 million viewers tuned in for the win over Sweden and social media is awash with videos of excited fans watching on big screens in bars and parks, fanatically celebrating every England goal.
Captain Harry Kane is leading England's charge with six goals so far, putting him top in the race for the Golden Boot.
"The defence was excellent", said Deschamps when asked if Tuesday's performance was the best defensive display during his reign.
"We are aware that we are going to face one of the best attacking teams, they have an bad lot of quality", said the 31-year-old Lloris. "We can play in different ways, in different styles". Croatia, who boast Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic in a strong midfield, emerged through extra-time and spot-kicks against Denmark before going through the same ordeal again against Russian Federation in Saturday's quarter-final.