National coach Roberto Martínez and the players of Belgium are proud of the conquered ticket for the final round of the Nations League. They do not feel that the relatively new national tournament has a lot less prestige than a European Championship or World Cup.
Lukaku notices that Nations League lives within a player group
“This is only the second edition. But when you see the teams in the Final Four (Belgium, Italy, Spain and France, ed.), You realize that this will only gain in prestige. This is a final tournament where you wants to be, ”said national coach Martínez according to Sporza at his press conference after the crucial 4-2 win over Denmark.
Belgium had also had enough of a point to secure the ticket for the ‘Final Four’, but managed to book the fifth win of six games against the Danes. The ‘Red Devils’ also took revenge for 2018, when a place in the final round was handed over in the last round of play.
“We have become even more of a team in recent years,” Martínez emphasizes. “In the past we sometimes had a hard time when a few were absent, now we also did fine without Thomas Meunier, Alex Witsel and Eden Hazard.”
Belgium was too strong for Denmark, partly thanks to two hits by Romelu Lukaku. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Romelu Lukaku, who scored two goals in Heverlee after the break, notices that the Nations League is quite alive in the player group. “I hear a lot of positive sounds in the dressing room. We are really happy with this,” said the Internazionale striker.
“It is normal that we are sometimes a bit reluctant, but that is because of the difficult schedule. Many players are afraid of getting hurt. But we want to cultivate a winning mentality and always be there: at a European Championship, World Cup, a preliminary round match, an exhibition game and in the Nations League. “
The Nations League final round is scheduled for October 6-10 in Italy. The host country, like Spain, France and Belgium, managed to crown itself as group winner in division A and qualify for the ‘Final Four’.