Here we go again: for the umpteenth time the Devils meet Wales. The country that is so hard to beat for the Belgian national team.
In the last ten years, Belgium and Wales have played against each other no less than eight times. Just two of these international matches were won by the Red Devils. The newspapaer asked Vital Borkelmans why the Belgians often have such a hard time against Wales.
“That is always difficult to say. They are in the back with three and play with high-rising wings. But many countries and teams play like this. That was nothing new,” according to the former assistant national coach, it was not due to the playing style of Wales. “Sometimes it just happens that as a club or country you have trouble with a certain opponent for no apparent reason.”
Experience yourself as a footballer
“I have experienced it myself as a football player. I still remember the classic black October month with Club Brugge. And suddenly it passed. There is no explanation for that. I think that after a defeat it is something psychological that the next time unconsciously again. plays along”, argues Borkelmans.
It is therefore something that can come to life, both within a player group and in the media. “If the press also starts to speak of a black beast, it will subconsciously creep even more into your head. Because players and trainers also read the media. For the opponent, something like this is an extra incentive.”