Azerbaijan away from home and Estonia at home can be marked in green. The Red Devils achieved two logical victories in the last international match. Was it possible to draw any conclusions from this? Our analyst Eddie Snelders looks back and forward with three questions.
Is the balance positive this international period?
“The Red Devils started on a negative note, but they finished on a positive note. In Azerbaijan, the win – despite the poor pitch – was a bit cheap. No bright spots, little brilliance and many question marks. The performance against Estonia was solid. I saw that the team “The Belgians controlled the match, they combined well at times and scored the necessary goals.”
These are not criteria for what awaits us at the European Championship.
“Does this mean that there should be euphoria? Absolutely not. Such matches must always be kept in mind, because they are not a benchmark for what awaits us at the European Championship. They are rather a necessary evil.”
Were there winners and losers from the demons?
“For me, Youri Tielemans was the biggest loser. After a bad match in Azerbaijan, he was suddenly left out of the starting lineup and then I saw things going better against Estonia with Mangala… Tielemans is definitely no longer a complete player. He is a complete player at the moment, and he is A realistic realization of someone with potential.”
“So I’m looking forward to Tedesco’s plan in midfield, when De Bruyne returns. Will he choose two reinforcements like Onana and Mangala in KDB? Or will he add a profile like Tielemans again? That for me is still one of the best players.” Open question marks.”
I’m looking forward to Tedesco’s plan in midfield.
“Moreover, there were only confirmations during the international break. With Lukaku who could score again and Doku who once again proved himself as a key pawn. The latter was actually supposed to be that way under Martinez, but then stopped because “Injuries. Now Doku is back in that position, which is a welcome asset to the European Championship.”
Real tests will follow in October against Austria and Sweden. What do we hope to see next?
“Especially since the Devils can create a good defensive organization against a respectable opponent. Look, if you want to compete for trophies in the future, you can’t give away cheap chances because of your failure. Right now this is still happening with the Belgians, and even against a horribly weak Estonia, We have abandoned three of these options, just as we did a few days ago in Azerbaijan.
“Now he passes the ball without any problem, but against a big country such mistakes are punished. In Austria next month I want to see a team organized from defence, as was the case in the past. With a midfield providing direction and two players who took care of the movements around Lukaku. “It will be reassuring for the European Championship.”
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