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Roberto Martinez to remain in charge of Belgium despite Euro 2020 exit

Thu 08 July 2021 | 17:50

Roberto Martinez has confirmed he will remain as Belgium manager despite their disappointing quarter-final 2-1 defeat to Italy.

The Red Devils qualified through the group stage with wins over

Russia

,

Denmark

, and

Finland

before defeating reigning champions

Portugal

in the last-16.

But their impressive run came to an end in the quarter-finals when they suffered a 2-1 defeat by

Italy

in Munich.

It had been suggested

Martinez

could step down from his role after another failure in a major tournament, but the Spaniard said he will remain in charge.

"The disappointment after the lost game against Italy was great, but the focus is already on the World Cup qualifiers in September and the final four of the Nations League a month later,"

he said

.

“Only when I feel like I can't add anything more will I leave. I will also continue my work as technical director. That's the plan.

"There has been a lot of talk about my future: before, during and after the tournament.

"I always find it hard to talk about myself because this isn't about me. It's about creating the best possible conditions in which footballers can work and develop.

"I still see a lot of energy in this group and this project is still on the rise. This team is now ready to move on, to get back on the field. September can't come soon enough."


source: SportMob