There will be changes, no Lukaku or Hazard - Roberto Martinez

Sat 09 October 2021 | 17:12

Belgium lost 3-2 to France in the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League, thus going to face Italy for third place. The Red Devils coach Roberto Martinez says that although he does not have Lukaku and Hazard, his team still has a chance to win.

“I think 24 hours can make a difference, we trained well and we had the opportunity to prepare for the match against Italy,”

Martinez said at a press conference


“There was great disappointment after the knockout against France, even the next day, but today we have started a new chapter.

“I know that everyone is prepared, and they know how important tomorrow’s game will be, also because in November we will need a point to qualify for the World Championship and it’s important that everyone can prove their worth.”

Romelu Lukaku


Eden Hazard

miss the game against Italy due to muscle injuries.

“Hazard and Lukaku are in similar physical condition,”

he continued.

“They had a muscle overload and we don’t have the facilities to do the usual medical work.

“They will return to Belgium to get back to their best shape for the clubs. Thomas Meuner had a different problem, in the calf.

“We came here to win the Nations League, tomorrow against Italy, we will not change only to upset everything, we must return to the first 45 minutes with France and when the young players are ready, I will never be afraid to give them a chance, as we have seen with [Jeremy] Doku against Italy.

“Tomorrow, there will be changes, no Lukaku or Hazard, but we will analyse all the players in the group.”

With the agreement of


, Lukaku will go to Belgium.

“Obviously there’s an excellent understanding between the two medical staff and we want to do what’s best for the player,”

he said


“Every decision is also made in agreement with the club.”



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