In an interview with RTBF, Roberto Martinez has admitted that there is tension between the Red Devils players. The Spanish head coach said “Yes, there are tensions in the group. It’s natural. The players have been evolving together for a very long time. It’s like in a family. If you don’t have tension or disagreement in a family, it’s because you don’t have emotions”.
It has been clear from outside the camp that all is not well within the squad, with players like Jan Vertonghen and Eden Hazard taking shots at each other during press conferences. The 2-0 defeat to Morocco did little to ease the pressure that the Belgian side is facing.
After Croatia beat Canada, Belgium know that they must win if they are going to progress to the knock-out stages. For many of the players, this may well be their final World Cup game for the Red Devils, with the so called ‘Golden Generation’ facing the possibility of international retirement following the Qatar tournament.