FIFA World Cup 2022: Egypt defeat was a wake-up call for Belgium, says manager Roberto Martinez

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has claimed that the warm-up game loss to Egypt was a wake-up call for his team ahead of the FIFA World Cup. Egypt defeated Belgium 2-1 in the game on Friday.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Nov 19, 2022 13:19 IST

Martinez has labeled the defeat to Egypt as a wake up call for Belgium (Courtesy: Reuters)

By India Today Web Desk: Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has claimed that the warm-up game loss to Egypt was a wake-up call for the team ahead of the World Cup.

Egypt edged past Belgium 2-1 in the match on Friday thanks to goals from Mostafa Mohamed and Mahmoud Trezeguet. Lois Openda scored the only goal for the Red Devils.


Speaking after the match, as quoted by Reuters, Martinez said that the team wasn’t mentally prepared for the game. He said that his team wasn’t good in possession and there was no offensive balance. He also said that Egypt were the better team on the night and were determined to win the game.

“Mentally we were not ready for this match. We were not good in possession, there was too little pace, no offensive balance, we rarely got to the second ball,” Martinez said as Belgium headed for their base at Salwa Beach in Qatar to prepare for their opening Group F game against Canada on Wednesday.

“Egypt were simply better than us. It was as if a lot of our guys just didn’t want to get hurt, while you saw with Egypt that they absolutely wanted to win this match.”

Martinez went on to say that the loss was a wake-up call for Belgium and they can learn a lot from the match. He also said that the team can’t dream of winning the World Cup if the players aren’t at their best.

“This group has been together for six years, it is not that there is suddenly nothing left. That is why we should see this match mainly as a wake-up call. This match was also useful in giving some players much-needed minutes. In that sense, it was a real practice match, one from which you can learn a lot.

“Now it’s just a matter of getting everyone ready. We can’t expect to win at the World Cup if we aren’t at our best. Let that be the lesson.”

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