Belgium backs Roberto Martínez as coach

Roberto Martinez, one of the names that has sounded the most in recent weeks to replace Ronald Koeman on the bench of FC Barcelona, ​​has been backed by the Belgian Federation after the UEFA Nations League semi-final defeat to France (along with third-place loss to Italy) and poor performance at Euro 2020. “He’s still the right man for the job,” said Peter Bossaert, president of the federation.

The Spanish coach has become the epicenter of criticism in Belgium due to the poor results in recent big tournaments and the team is leaving many doubts in the game, showing a very weak version in the matches against the important teams. He has not managed to take advantage of all the talent he has (Kevin de Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, Yuri Tielemans, Thibaut Courtois, Axel Witesel, Jan Verthongen, Dries Mertens, Eden Hazard …)

In the eye of the hurricane

Roberto Martínez’s numbers They must be viewed with a magnifying glass because most of their victories are against teams of a lower level. He has 50 wins, 9 draws and 7 losses from August 2016 to the present, but most of the falls are at the important moment or when they have to hit the table to show that they can win titles.

-0-2 vs Spain in 2016 (their first match)

-0-1 vs France in 2018 (World Cup Semifinals)

-2-5 vs Switzerland in 2018 (Nations League group stage)

-1-2 vs England in 2020 (Nations League group stage)

-1-2 vs Italy in 2021 (Euro Cup quarterfinals)

-2-3 vs France in 2021 (UEFA Nations League Semifinals)

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