Not only in Belgium was the last practice pot of the Red Devils in the run-up to the World Cup viewed with suspicion, abroad they also kept a close eye on how this competitor – because that is how the Devils are seen after the 2018 World Cup – did it. . And they saw what we saw: that it wasn’t good enough. Although it is also striking how little attention the Belgians get, and that perhaps also says enough about the value we have to attribute to this exhibition match.
The Red Devils lost 2-1 at the Jaber Al-Ahmad Stadium in Kuwait against the Pharaohs from Egypt, a team that is not even included in the upcoming world championship. In France – the current world champion – saw RMC Sports the headaches for Martinez. “For ninety minutes the Devils had possession, but they had all the trouble in the world to be dangerous at the Jaber International Stadium. It is a result that gives Martínez headaches. Although they could not count on Romelu Lukaku and Leandro Trossard – both still recovering – this is not a reassuring result.” Bee L’Equipe the performance of substitute Openda was particularly striking. “Despite a strong goal from beautifully substitute Lens striker Loïs Openda – his second in five international matches – on an excellent assist from Yannick Carrasco, the uninspired Red Devils lost to Roberto Martinez.”
In the Netherlands, the media pay a lot less attention to the Devils, even though the headline Telegraph clear: “Belgium with a hangover to Qatar”. See across the channel in England Evening Standard one big pain point: “The static defense with a weak Debast was put on display with the goal on counter by Trezeguet. The Red Devils showed too little cohesion and little rhythm. Captain Eden Hazard in particular suffered a lot from the latter. He looked anything but good. The only positive thing is that he has seventy minutes in his legs, just like Jan Vertonghen could make another twenty after an injury”, still see something positive in it.
The Sun saw how Belgian morale must have taken a serious blow after this achievement of what was once the ‘golden generation’. “The Devils could not impose their will on Egypt and also received two childishly simple goals.” Man City player Kevin De Bruyne is also reprimanded for his blunder on the first goal. “However, it is the second goal against that should worry Belgium: so easy that it fell. For a whole match, the Belgian defense had a hard time with the speed in front of the Pharaohs. That will be a real problem if it encounters even faster attackers at the World Cup ”, The Sun also sees the biggest problem with our defense. “Alderweireld still has that great long cross pass in his legs, but the 33 years on his counter are starting to play tricks on him. His lack of speed became painfully obvious a few times.”
Finally found in Spain ASH It is especially striking that even De Bruyne – the man who plays the roof at Manchester City – seemed to completely drown in the desert of Kuwait. “De Bruyne’s blunder caused panic. That goal did not wake the Belgians up. Due to the defensive problems and the stars not giving home, the Red Devils could not be saved. Belgium has been hit and Hazard is no longer Hazard”, it sounds disturbing. “The alarms are going off, because Belgium is being put forward as one of the candidates to win the World Cup. But it was difficult in defense – with the young Debast and Theate – and in attack, with Hazard and De Bruyne.”