Our man in Russia: ‘Red Devils to relax, but everything speaks focus on what is yet to come’

The world cup at its best. Four to relax the Red Devils, in their natural habitat, a magnificent setting on the edge of the lake.

Eden Hazard during an informal press conference in the hotel of the Red Devils. © Belga

So it should always be. Both for the Red Devils, who yesterday a day of leave had, as for the press, which, exceptionally, was allowed in their hotel and treated was on a snack, a drink, and fine interviews of those who soon should make the difference. Organizationally, it had a bit feet in the earth, advance had number plates are passed, and everything would be two times checked, but eventually went to the entrance of the highly secured domain, a lot smoother than I thought. VTM-analyst Gilles De Bilde, who in the morning the heart of Moscow and its Red Square was visited, and directly to the hotel of the Devils was come, there came even without a badge. Although with the help of someone from the Belgian delegation, but good.

The Devils were given a day of rest to recover. Those who Monday played, the effort and the journey, those who yesterday trained, of that effort. Bike, golf, football for those who wanted to, basket for those who wanted to. That was more something for the Antwerp boys, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Dembélé and Belgian Mertens. The keepers stayed on the sidelines. Saturday and Sunday is their family, the barbecue on Saturday night is one for a male or 150.

The rooms at the Country Club are booked, travel arrangements made. They are, as in Brazil, three hours to spare, the players, to their family, but almost a day and a half. Two nights they are allowed to stay sleeping, who wants to. Some are the children in the same room, with others in surrounding. More than expected benefits Martínez of this long period in Moscow (they are there since Monday night and fly until Wednesday to Kaliningrad) to recharge the mental batteries. To the players to which will, as from next week, the successes follow one another, to honor with a strong performance on the field. With a machine. Because again fell the word win, and are convinced of your own qualities. And that also dare to speak, such as De Bruyne. “Sometimes you win and already have a competition before you start.’

It was very relaxing football players all time to have their say. Carrasco was mainly about tactics, and atone for something he not so well can defend, something he is rather strong in is: attack. De Bruyne praised Hazard and said to have a more subordinate role, Hazard himself could live with the blows which he received (“If we can run against Argentina would play, who would we endorse it, do you think.’) and underlined that he has this tournament as the most important for him saw (my second world cup, the ideal age’)…

Dembélé was relaxed about his past as a striker and his shooting on goal (‘I would sometimes prefer a ball in the dribbling’) and let something loose about his future as a Red Devil. ‘Maybe this will be my last tournament.’ And so each did his message. But from everything said, especially relaxation, rest, and focus, on what is yet to come.

In the background, saw the present bondslui that it was good. Mission accomplished, everyone happy. Prone to repetition, to break the routine. In Japan, it was all days, that don’t. But as once per week.. You got images of the Country Club, we relax the Devils, and that way is working fine.

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