Belgium's Roberto Martinez 'delighted' with tougher path to World Cup final
30 June, 2018, 18:32 | Author: Judy Cobb
There is a big difference as a player going home knowing you can say that.
I said before the game that I didn't agree with making so many changes even despite the reports that Belgium were going to do so as well. "And whoever we play, in a one-off game, is capable of beating us".
"His priority, like ours, is the team and he recognised what we were trying to do".
Belgium's next game will be against Japan, a team which Martinez described to be very "dynamic, well organized, strong and technical". Nothing presumptuous, of course, but when you have meticulously planned every other element of world football domination, you might as well give the authorities prior notice that they may need to shut some roads. But the Leicester City defender, who was out of the starting XI against the Belgians, has backed Southgate's choice to make eight changes to the team that thrashed Panama the previous game.
"Making predictions in the World Cup can be a little bit hard", Martinez said, insisting Belgium would concentrate on their meeting with Japan in Rostov-on-Don. "It was disappointing to lose the game, but we have lost nothing".
Southgate stuck with Jordan Pickford, who had barely made a save in the previous two matches yet conceded twice, in goal but he was not convincing.
Both managers opted to rest a number of their stars for the final group match, having made between them no fewer than 17 changes from last time out, with both already secured passage into the round of 16. We're looking forward to the atmosphere [at the game].
"The victory is a outcome of a very good performance", he said.
British TV pundits were certain in their post-game assessments that the Three Lions' path to the semifinals is easier than the one Belgium received for winning the group. In truth, most of the starters are entrenched, but Danny Rose, Eric Dier - captain for the night - and Rashford were among those who might have seen an opportunity. Beat Colombia, however, and you'd encounter either Sweden or Switzerland and then likely a struggling Spain or perhaps Croatia - or even Russian Federation or Denmark. "He totally understood, 100% team first".
There's something to be said for form and belief and momentum - all things Colombia established following back-to-back clean sheet wins over Poland and a Senegalese team that's among the scrappiest in the tournament. At Elland Road on June 7, after they took their time breaking down Costa Rica, Southgate said he had encouraged his players to talk about their lives and the challenges they had faced. I know in some quarters that will be criticised but I am entirely comfortable with that. "We saw that in the Euros two years ago".
There is a general feeling Brazil are yet to get out of first gear despite the fact they topped their group with seven points. The Argentines who played in the finals four years ago this time could hardly make it to the knockout stage.
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However, after drawing with Iceland and losing to Croatia, beating Nigeria is unlikely to be an easy task for Lionel Messi and Co. Even with a win over Nigeria , Argentina will potentially have to compete with Iceland on goal differential.
For me, Petra is one of the best players when she is playing really on fire, so we will see how it's going to be her day tomorrow. I mean, the first match, that was wonderful match for me, to beat Karolina [Pliskova].
Yerry Mina nodded in James Rodriguez's cross shortly before half-time to put the South Americans ahead. Falcao, who missed the 2014 World Cup because of a knee injury, made it 2-0 with a 70th-minute goal .
A win for England would see them head into a final group game against Belgium to determine who finishes top. For an England team that came to the World Cup with reduced expectations, things are setting up nicely.
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