Roberto Martinez: “the Ideal scenario, you can’t plan’

The Red Devils play Monday in the eighth finals of the world cup against Japan, after they Thursday, in the first place ended in world cup group G. Coach Roberto Martinez likes to say is not busy with all kinds of scenarios for the rest of the tournament.

Roberto Martinez © BELGA

England and Belgium had already qualified for the second round. The question was whether they slotduel would win, since second place in the group, both sporting and logistical only advantages seem to have. Both teams worked a salt-free party, a handsome goal from Adnan Januzaj gave Belgium was the victory.

‘Winning is not a priority’ left Roberto Martinez Wednesday yet again. “Today I told the players that they have a group had to form and a contribution required to deliver to the team. The victory today is the result of a very good performance. The victory was not the most important thing today, that was a good performance, ” said the Spaniard on Thursday for the microphone from Sporza.

As group winners Belgium will have to travel and may have to wait Brazil in the quarter-finals. ‘The ideal scenario, you can’t plan. Planning is impossible. At this world cup, we have all the big teams are very close to the off seen. I don’t want Brazil or Mexico thinking, but only to Japan. We look at ourselves. We are now stronger than before the match.’

Adnan Januzaj made his first goal in the shirt of the Red Devils. “This is a reward for his season. The last few years he has noticed that the life of a professional footballer is not easy. But Adnan has a unique talent and that he has today shown, it was decided Martinez.


“I’m very happy with the victory. We wanted our fun and the game check, and that is both successful, ” said Youri Tielemans. “It was a team that rarely samenspeelde, and this was the moment to look. But that lasted only fifteen minutes. After that, it was fantastic, ” she said he was very optimistic about the football from the Red Devils.

And now, a confrontation with the dreaded Brazil in the quarter-finals? “We have to go all the way to Japan to concentrate. What comes next, we’ll see. I hope that the coach already is proud of our competition today. He has us in any case seen fighting for the victory.’


Leander Dendoncker made Thursday during England-Belgium his debut at a world cup. He started with 0-1 win party next Boyata and Vermaelen, who last was in the lock replacement by Kompany. The Belgian defence managed to to keep the zero.

‘My debut on a world cup feels good. During the race itself, you are not doing that, but you can feel it when the field is energized, ” says Dendoncker. “The intensity is located on this level is nevertheless much higher than in Belgium. In advance, we had not discussed what our intentions for this contest. It was just watching what the competition would bring.’

Does the defender of Anderlecht now more speelminuten? “I’m proud, and it tastes like more. But I am happy that the coach and the substitutes, this chance has granted.’

Also Vincent Kompany was allowed in the slotkwartier of England, Belgium just to show up, and made his comeback after yet another injury. He responded after particularly happy.

“For these moments for me. Here I have my whole life to go work, and I want to enjoy it fully, ” says the defender of Manchester City for the microphone from Sporza. ‘I am always have remained positive. It is nice to be able to return in a fun competition like this. Losses was theoretically better, but Januzaj kicked fantastic. The most important is perhaps that we have 23 strong players can count.’

Is Belgium after a victory against England ready to far at this world cup? “The base is already good for us. Hopefully we can win Japan, and then in the quarter-finals, in principle, a beautiful poster against Brazil.’

Thomas Vermaelen made just as Vincent Kompany his comeback during England-Belgium (0-1). The of a hamstring injury recovered defender rose to 74 minutes on the field, after which Kompany him replaced.

“I ran a blue eye on it, but it’s not that bad. If that is the case, do it to me every match happened, ” said Vermaelen after the match for the microphone from Sporza. ‘Defending was good today. We gave little away. Was In possession of the first half is rough, we put the ball back often. That was a shame. In the second half we played more freely.’

How does that feel, are returning from injuries at the highest level imaginable? ‘Vincent Kompany and I have been working for a time in silence to this level of play. You comeback in a world cup, that’s wonderful.’

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