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Martinez: Belgium’s future to be discussed after World Cup

01 Jul 2022 | 08:25

Roberto Martinez said his future is Belgium Head coach will only be discussed later World Cup later this year, when I see my side defeated Poland 1-0 in Nations League.

Michy Batshuayi’s Heading in the first half gave Belgium their second win of this Nations League campaign, even though they’re still on track Netherlands three points in Group A4 after being defeated 4-1 by By Louis van Gaal the men in their inaugural game earlier this month.

Results like that match, as well as Belgium’s inability to lift a major title despite producing a talented ‘golden generation’, have led to suggestions that Martinez’s job may be at stake.

But before Everton the manager will only entertain questions about his future after leading the Reds to the World Cup in Qatar.

“That would be the right decision [to discuss the future after the tournament]”, he say.” Not for me as a coach, but for Belgian football.

“Everyone can be sure, my only will and wish is that we see Belgium as strong as possible at the World Cup.

“I want to make the fans as proud as possible. All my work will be done in the coming months.

“We’ll see after the World Cup. In international football, it makes sense when you look at it from major tournament to major. There’s nothing strange about that.”

Belgium will face Canada, Morocco and Croatia in Group F in Qatar, third in Russia in 2018.

Martinez’s team was comfortable for a long time against Polandlimit their server to only fire two shots at the target and only allow Robert lewandowski an attempt throughout the game.

But Belgium almost conceded a goal when there was a dramatic equalizer when Karol Swiderski came close to dying twice, and Martinez was happy with the character his team displayed as he held on to the win.

The Reds have picked up seven points from their first four Nations League games this month and the coach believes the games have proven valuable as they build for the trip to Qatar.

“We defended well and showed a lot of personality,” Martinez said. “Winning like this is more satisfying [if] It was a simple win.

“These matches were used to gather information for the World Cup, and we understand.

“Results are not always good, but perfection does not exist. Not in football and not in life. Reaction after the game against Wales [a 1-1 draw last week] were there. I remember that. “