The two captains of the Belgian team were out injured against Portugal on Sunday.
TheCoach Roberto Martinez was very happy to qualify for the quarter-finals of the European Championship. Much less than that, he clearly outrages over an ankle injury for Kevin De Bruyne and a thigh injury for Eden Hazard. Two men are already on trial by Friday and the match against Italy at Bayern Munich’s den.
Roberto Martinez, it was a very tough match…
It may not have been so good today (editor’s note: read this Sunday) but this Portuguese team showed why they are European champions. We controlled well at the start and scored a great goal. In the second half, we showed an incredible mentality. We were very disciplined. Maybe we could have been better at blocks and at keeping the ball.
Was this kind of performance possible three years ago?
We showed a side we missed in the second half after we showed our talent in the first half. Their commitment was incredible as was their tactical discipline. It was a great test and we passed.
What can you say about the injuries of Hazard and De Bruyne?
“We need 48 hours to find out what the situation is with the players. De Bruyne has injured his ankle. It’s a muscle for Eden Hazard. We have to wait.”