Martinez: "The defeat by Egypt is a red flag"

Roberto Martinez described the 2-1 defeat experienced by Belgium in the friendly against Egypt as a warning bell ahead of the final phase of the World Cup, which will not be present in the stadiums of Qatar. “Mentally we were not ready for this match. We weren’t good in possession, there was too little pace, no attacking balance, we rarely got to the second ball,” said the Spanish coach of the Red Devils, who now turn their attention to Wednesday’s opener against Canada 6th group.

“Egypt were simply better than us. It was like a lot of our players didn’t want to get injured, whereas you saw with Egypt that they definitely wanted to win this match,” continued Martinez, who however played down the importance of the defeat in order not to cause… panic. among Belgium supporters, saying: ‚ÄúThis team has been together for six years, it’s not like suddenly there’s nothing left. That’s why we should see this match mainly as a warning bell. Also, this match was useful for some players to get necessary playing minutes. In that sense, it was a really practical match, one that you can learn a lot from. Now it’s important to get everyone ready. We cannot expect to win the World Cup if we are not at our best. Let this be the lesson.”

The Qatar World Cup is seen as the last chance for Belgium’s so-called ‘golden generation’ to win a major title. The Red Devils have topped the FIFA world rankings for four consecutive years, but in the meantime have slipped to second place behind Brazil.

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