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Martinez Hails Belgium Players For ‘Special Win’ Over Brazil

Martinez Hails Belgium Players For ‘Special Win’ Over Brazil

Belgium coach, Roberto Martinez, has praised his side’s resilience and mentality in their 2-1 win over Brazil in their Friday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Quarter-final match in Kazan, Russia, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Fernandinho’s own goal and a sublime finish from Kevin De Bruyne sealed Belgium’s fifth straight win of the tournament and ensured that the semi-finals will be contested by four European sides for the first time since 2006 Brazil coach, Tite, has admitted that Belgium were more clinical in the Friday’s 2-1 quarter-final win over his side in Kazan.

An owngoal from Fernandinho and a sublime finish from Kevin De Bruyne sealed a berth in the semi-finals for the Red Devils while a second half goal by substitute Renato Augusto was a only a consolation for the South Americans..

“Brazil have so much finesse and you know that they can cut you open,” Roberto Martinez said during his post-match conference interview on Friday.

“But I didn’t think for one second that the players would give up.”

“They’ve done something special tonight and I hope everyone in Belgium is very, very proud. It has created a nice memory and we should treasure it. But now we need more energy for our next game to try to make sure we’re just as good in the semi-finals.”

“When you play Brazil, I think you need to get a tactical advantage.” Against them, there’s a psychological barrier – the yellow tops, the five world titles and everything that goes with that. So we had to be brave tactically.”

“It was a big gamble to change things and we needed the players to believe. And today is not really about the tactics – it’s about the execution of those tactics.”

“There were a lot of threats to stop and Hazard and Lukaku gave us that with their positioning on the pitch. Today was about their mentality and I’m the proudest man on earth because I gave the players a very tough tactical assignment and the way they believed until the last second was incredible.”

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  • Edoman of New Jersey, USA 3 years ago

    I hope our stupid Coach will read this statements that Roberto made after his hour of Glory today. Roberto is one of the best Managers in our life time.. He foresaw how great a footballer our Moses will be when he was a kid earlier in his career. Rohr, read the statement above please. SELF-BELIEF is the magic words,

    Till today, Ekong never forgive Sunday Oliseh when he rudely told the young player that he was not strong enough to play defense against an African attackers. ” l hope Coach Oliseh is seeing me today” he said the other day.

    As a Coach, words matters. make young people believe in themselves. Ask our Moses what Roberto would have told him when he brought him from obscurity to join Wigan F.C in those days. Rohr, we don’t believe in you, as you don’t believe in the Team you are leading. Go home.

    • @ Edoman of New Jersey, USA
      In a physics laboratory several years ago, there was an echo chamber where we created reverberating echos. It would be exciting if I uttered these words in that chamber today: “ROHR, GO HOME.”

  • We cannot believe in a coach who dont believe in the team he is leading. Pls go we dont need you again.

  • Abdulrazak 3 years ago

    I guess Juigi Leow, Oscar Tabarez, Fernando Hierro, all instructed their teams, to go out and lose to the opposition. 

    There usually is an inquest on the performance of the national team after every major tournament but this should be on sound, rational and coherent discussions. Sadly, in the wake of our exit from Russia, some comments here appear to have been made by doddering, shaky and insecure children.

    @achi, please run the words INQUEST and INQUISITON through your famous echo chamber. 

  • Bomboy 3 years ago

    Thank u Edoman of New Jersey. YOU HAVE SAID IT ALL.

    Thank u Achi. I join you to echo those words, maybe the power that be will hear and take action:”ROHR, GO HOME.”


  • Rohr must have believed in the team he assembled if not, he would not have selected them above others.

    Football is more than what is played on the field of play but also entails how FAs and coaching crews communicate their approaches and strategies to fans and other stakeholders.

    In one interview before Nigeria’s first match at the World Cup,about Nigeria making any sort of impact, coach Rohr said : “We’re outsiders, but we’re ambitious outsiders.

    We’re a young team, we may lack experience, but we still have some experienced players.”

    That and many other quotes left many fans bemused and scratching their heads while they eroded the confidence of others.

    For a country that attended the last 2 world cups back-to-back (2010 and 2014) and only just recently won bronze in the Olympics, why in the world will such a nation take an unexperienced squad to the world cup?

    Rohr carried the badge of “My young team” with so much pride that one would be forgiven to think that there is a reward for taking a young experimental team to the world cup.

    Rohr may have had good intentions but should he remain the coach of Nigeria, he would have to adopt a different way of communicating his intentions – a way that will inspire confidence ; not in ways that will dampen morale in many quarters.