For those who are not motivated for the Nations League, Roberto Martinez had a message: for some – even if they have been there for a long time – it will be a final test. Although others – even without too much playing time – shouldn’t worry.
Martinez also sees it as run-up matches towards the World Cup, which starts within seven weeks. “These two games are going to give us all the info we need to make our final roster,” said the national coach. “A few players will always be there – when they are fit. Others, who have also been there for a long time, will have to show their form. It will depend on minutes and performance in these two matches. So there will be guys they will fall off.”
To make way for younger players and boys in shape. Eden Hazard also has few playing minutes, of course, but there is absolutely no need to worry. “I’ve seen the happiest Eden in months. He can smile again. I always get the same questions about Eden, but his mindset is right. He’s looking forward to being on the pitch. A whole game? An hour would be very good.” but we’ll see during the match.”
And polyvalent players always have an advantage. “Dendoncker can be a solution at the back. He has already proven that, also against Poland. Wales is a different game, a different opponent. Leander wants to be a midfielder, but he can help in the defense.”
Thibaut Courtois certainly does not have to worry. The best goalkeeper in the world can say in advance that he does not feel like some Nations League matches. He could even come with one good arm. “Courtois’ form is impressive. Mentally he is at the top of his abilities. He also knows that he can make a difference. Even in training he is at the highest level.”