Belgian football coach Roberto Martínez expects Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against the Czech team to be very appealing from the spectator’s point of view, as he believes both teams have a style similar offensive.
The 48-year-old Spanish coach realizes that a possible victory would be an important step for the “Red Devils” towards the final first place of the group and a direct advance towards the championship.
“The Czechs have a lot of strengths. They come in the bottom third of the field in large numbers, they also attack at seven or eight people. The extreme defenders are incredibly aggressive. Coufal on the right has had a very good season as Prime Minister In championship, Souček has a big influence on the game. “It’s a team that works as one team, they rock very well, they press high, they defend at the top of the defense and they are very dangerous by the time they recover the ball, ”Martínez said at an online press conference.
“We have to be very careful to defend the dangerous elements of their game. I think it will be a fantastic game to watch because this style of football is loved by the fans. Two teams that want to score are attacking a lot of people. two teams have a similar approach to the game, ”added Martínez.
Both Belgians and Czechs reached the quarter-finals at the recent European Championships. “The Czech Republic played very well at the Euro. They also played very well in our first match in Prague. They are very competitive, they play dynamically, they take risks. They are really a very good team. strong who has a clear vision of how “They all fit perfectly into the system that their coach wants to play,” Martínez said.
In March, in the initial mutual duel, the Belgians lost 0-1 and finally took a point in Prague for a 1: 1 draw. After half of the group, the leader of the FIFA national team standings is three points ahead of the Czech Republic and a significantly better score, which decides in the event of a tie. Only the winner will go straight to the championship next year.
“Of course when two top teams in a qualifying group play, both matches are very important. We remember the match in Prague that we could lose and win. In the end it was a draw. It was a draw. a very balanced game. Now we are playing at home and we will have the advantage of being able to count on our fans after a long time, so the game with the Czechs will be very important in terms of final classification, but it is the same than the game with Wales, “Martinez said.
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