Martinez: Belgium As Good As It Gets

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Roberto Martinez is happy to be Belgium’s new coach, but insists their mentality must change if they’re to win anything.

The Red Devils were favorites to win the Euro 2016, but were expelled by Wales in the quarterfinals.

Marc Wilmots was subsequently replaced by former Everton manager, Roberto Martinez.

“I’m proud and honoured to be the national coach of Belgium. The Belgium squad is as good as it gets,” Martinez said at a news conference.

“I’ve always been intrigued by Belgian football. There are so many talented young players. There’s much respect for Belgium from the opposition.

“But the preparation is very important. We have to help our team to play with ambition.

“Belgium’s mentality has to change. You have to be able to deal with it that you are the favourite. I want my team to enjoy possession and attack. It’s vital to have a winning mentality.

“I’m going to meet every player, to get to know them better.”

Belgium meet Bosnia-Herzegovina, Greece, Estonia, Cyprus and Gibraltar in the 2018 World Cup qualification campaign.

Martinez’s first outing as coach will be against Spain on September 1 in Brussels.



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