Peter t’Kint answers questions from readers about the match of the Red Devils tonight.
The Red Devils are towering favorite, Japan is considered the weakest team in the last 16. Of underestimation would not occur. Where is according to you still the danger? (Hans Vanhonzebrouck)
Overconfidence, maybe? That was the possible cause that Axel Witsel last week in front of our letter on the question to which it would lie, if it is still error due to expire. His full story, read Wednesday in Sports/Voetbalmagazine. But, he added, the Red Devils have learned from the past and now stand in that area much further. To overconfidence they will not perish. Rather, perhaps, from the effects of the heat that Rostov in his grip.
It was this morning already 25 degrees in the shade in Rostov. Who is the best adapted to extreme heat and how can that play a role? (Piet Vanuffelen)
This morning it was plus 25, this afternoon was in the sun raft more than thirty degrees (it was less humid than in Sochi), tonight will be the kick-off even a degree or 25. Both teams have now after a week or three to play and train in that heat sufficient experience.
Japanese in their own country, but most of the games in Europe. Witsel and Carrasco can to with the heat and great humidity in China. In principle, the Belgians have the most possession of the ball and the Japanese the most behind the ball have to run. They have three matches to give all to advance.
The Belgian basiself if the heat in Kaliningrad skip and is therefore on paper a bit chilly. Advantage for Belgium so, will all the forces cost, we saw yesterday in Spain and Russia, that for 17 hours Moskoutijd had to play. The Belgians will not play more in the full sun.
Is it not better to be the Red Devils who have already had a yellow card – Vertonghen, Meunier and De Bruyne – also on the side against Japan? Imagine that we have to miss in the quarterfinals? (Frits Luyten)
No. In this stage of the competition, you should no longer rely on the next match. It is after ninety minutes of by or out. So must be the best team to start. Picks up one of them yellow, then that is too bad.
Everyone now expects Kompany or Vermaelen in the base, so exit Boyata. While those three matches are job worked fine and so are part in the qualification for the ko-stage. It is recommended that no move against Japan? (Kurt Vandendriessche)
No. Boyata has indeed three times did an excellent job, and has points scored, with an eye to the future. But in the hierarchy he is still a ladder under Vermaelen and Kompany, especially in terms of experience. I think Boyata is the first to to admit that.
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