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Martinez on Barca links: ‘It's difficult for me to talk about rumors’

Sun 10 October 2021 | 19:25

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has said speculation linking him to Barcelona are rumors and it is difficult for him to talk about rumors.

Martinez

’s men wasted a 2-0 lead against

France

in the Nations League semi-final as they lost 3-2 in stoppages, and were beaten 2-1 by

Italy

today in the third-place play-off.

Speaking after Sunday's game, Martinez was asked about links to Barca, with

Koeman

's position under pressure after back-to-back 3-0 defeats to

Bayern Munich

and

Benfica

in the Champions League.

"It's difficult for me to talk about rumors. I've been working with this team for five years and am fully concentrated on this role,"

Martinez

told reporters post-match

.

"We came to the Nations League to win it and did not manage that, but now we prepare for World Cup qualifying. I have nothing more to add."

It is the first time since September 2010 that Belgium have lost two consecutive competitive matches.

"The penalty was a debatable decision and one that frankly I do not agree with. I try to be respectful with the referee, but you need experience at a tournament of this level,"

he added

.

"We are very frustrated by VAR intervening against France, saying referees ought to be given responsibility for their decisions, but why didn't the VAR intervene today when the referee needed help? The frustration grew as the game wore on."


source: SportMob

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