Belgium: Martinez confirms that Hazard will start for the first World Cup match, Lukaku in the stands

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Belgium: Martinez confirms that Hazard will start for the first World Cup match, Lukaku in the stands

Roberto Martinez confirmed the tenure of Eden Hazard, this bland Wednesday in Canada (8 p.m.). The Spanish coach of Belgium also clarified that Romelu Lukaku, according to final medical opinion, should be able to return in the third match of the World Cup against Croatia, the person concerned hoping to do so in the second against Morocco ( November 27).

“We need his experience. He never lost his talent but must earn his place like the others. He will be captain and will start »

“25 of our 26 players are fitexplained the Catalan. I’m happy with Romelu’s progress even though he didn’t train with the squad yesterday (Monday). The final date (to stay in the 26) is December 1 (match against Croatia). He hopes for the second game. I will follow the advice of our doctors. As for Eden Hazard, he is fully involved. We need his experience. He never lost his talent but must earn his place like the others. He will be captain and will start. »

Martinez, who was unhappy with the behavior of his players, debriefed the defeat against Egypt (1-2)which occurred Thursday in Kuwait City. “At least we have collected a lot of information on what we have to work on, he continued. It’s sometimes good to feel that you have to prepare to suffer and wake up before a World Cup. Normally, we have five weeks to do so. This defeat accelerated our preparation process. »

The Red Devils coach finally greeted the extension of matches in connection with the more specific consideration of stoppages in play. But he would like to avoid long overflows. ” I’m not surprisedhe said. I knew that the referees had this kind of instructions. This corresponds to the modern game. Now, it is important that all of this is regulated, that there are not teams playing 120 minutes and others 95. This is a matter of fairness. But I am in favor of this development. We want to see teams playing, not saving time in the last ten minutes. »

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