Martinez: ‘Costa Rica will get us out of our comfort zone”

The Red Devils play tonight, at 20.45 hours in the Brussels King baudouin stadium, their uitwuifwedstrijd against Costa Rica, two days before the departure to the world CHAMPIONSHIPS in Russia.

Costa Rica training © Belga Image

For the troops of coach Roberto Martinez is the latest oefengalop, after the defensive test against Portugal and the offense lines – especially in the first half – against Egypt.

Test for Panama

Against Costa Rica wants the coach to see how the Red Devils respond to the ‘Middle-American game and mentality’, exactly a week before their openingsduel against Panama. Costa Rica plays soccer with the same enthusiasm as Panama, that’s the typical mentality of Central American countries, ” told Martinez Sunday. “They will get us out of our comfort zone. The performance is also more important than the result.”

At the tactical level, however, there are quite a few differences between the ultradefensieve Panama and the rather frivolous Costa Rica, that just like Belgium with three attackers playing. The national coach does not plan a defense with four. “I want our driemansverdediging against the Costa Rican aanvalstrio see record.’


Interestingly, it is – also with the eye on the world cup to see who is central at the back of the replacement of the injured Vincent Kompany, since the friendly against Portugal out with a liesblessure. Leander Dendoncker seems to be in balance with Dedryck Boyata.

Laurent Ciman is just as 24th man at the world cup selection and will get nothing but a world cup ticket if Kompany not yet fit would get. Thomas Vermaelen trained Sunday in Tubize for the first time with the group, the friendly Monday is anyway still too early for him, and later, this is still to wait and see when Vermaelen is completely ready-to-use is and or there with him, risks to be taken in the first group matches.

For the other need in the basiself not too many surprises to be expected. Thibaut Courtois is in goal and will for is Jan Vertonghen, and Toby Alderweireld. The society confirmed Axel Witsel against Egypt almost indispensable to the balance in the team store. Also Kevin De Bruyne, and the wingbacks Thomas Meunier and Yannick Carrasco appear in principle to the kick-off.

The front has Romelu Lukaku is still what speelminuten needed to get to his best form to grow on the flanks, we get captain Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens, all of the coach quite charmed by Adnan Januzaj.

Second time

Belgium and Costa Rica were in the past only one time opposite each other. In a preparatory race at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS of 2002, the Belgians in may of that year in the Japanese Kumamoto with the smallest difference, after a goal from Bart Goor.

The Costa Ricans consider the match against Belgium as a test on their first world cup match against Serbia. Earlier in their voorbereidingscampagne they won with 3-0 from Northern Ireland and they went with 2-0 to the boat in against England.

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