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Martinez dissatisfied after the friendly against Portugal: “This was the test that we needed’

The Red Devils are Saturday night in a sold King baudouin stadium in their first friendly in the world cup-the preparation is not getting further ahead than a scoreloos draw against European champion Portugal, with a point not richly rewarded. Vincent Kompany caused a commotion when he after the break, injured, the field had to leave.

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The audience was Saturday night, not satisfied with the delivered game against Portugal and showed that with two fluitconcerten also clearly see, but Roberto Martinez seems to be for the time being, not worry too much. This was the test we needed, ” commented the coach after the match in the catacombs of the King baudouin stadium.

“Portugal has a lot of experience and is a strong opponent, so there are not too many. Our first twenty minutes were quite good, afterwards we showed physically what fails. Portugal was too much and too long on the ball. You should be able to opt in to a competition and that we have today also done. All I can through the injury to Kompany, of course, not completely satisfied. It is clear that we still have to work, leaving us two practice matches.’

Martinez definitely wanted the zero against Portugal and put in the team so lower than we are used to. However, there were quite some more chances away and sat there for the visitors are definitely more than a scoreloos tie. “That clean sheet was indeed very important, and I am satisfied with the way we have defended. Our defense with three stood there, all we have everyone defend and attack. This was a good exercise, the challenge is to find the right balance’, decided the coach.

Monday announcement of selection: “I have the names in my head’

Roberto Martinez makes Monday morning at 10 a.m. his final 23-man world cup selection known, so made the coach Saturday night after the friendly against Portugal known.

The Royal Belgian Football association (belgian football association) will be the selection with a press release to communicate. Just before, will Martinez, the players inform. ‘Now I have the list of 23 players called in my head. I really had this game needed to get the last buttons line-up and some players even to see the work. Now it is only waiting for the medical report, ” said the coach after the game.

Christian Kabasele and Leander Dendoncker were Saturday not on the documentation match sheet, Jordan Lukaku sat on the bench wearing number 25 and Matz Sels saw Koen Casteels warm up when Thibaut Courtois threatened to fall. Dedryck Boyata, Adnan Januzaj and Christian Benteke got back speelminuten.

Especially the subbing of Januzaj seemed to be the coach to charm. ‘His chances are definitely increased. Since January, he is mature. It was good to watch him in action, he is that type of player that will always be something you can teach. From his first ball contact he was already dangerous.’

Also read: ‘Vincent Kompany always says the right words, he is like a big brother for us”

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