Belgium are playing well and two Chelsea stars, Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois are there to take them through. In the next match, they will be up against England, the country they play in for the rest of the year, and the Belgium goalkeeper has revealed that he does not want to lose this fixture at any cost.
World Cup has been off to a brilliant start. There have been some upsets, some fabulous performances from the stars and a few great comebacks by some countries. Amidst all these, the two teams who showed the best composure on the field are surely Belgium and England. Drawn in the same group, both have ensured qualification to the next round, but they will lock horns against each other on Thursday to decide who tops Group G.
Before the match kicks off in Russia, Courtois has been vocal about it.
“If you want to have that winning feeling, it’s best to keep on winning,” the Chelsea custodian said. “I don’t want to go back to England in July with a losing feeling. I want to win. I think everyone feels that way.”
He further told that Belgium are yet to become favourites for the trophy. Courtois said, “Other teams are bigger than us. We’re going to continue taking it match by match and take advantage of the game against England to prepare for the knockout stages where things can happen very quickly.
“Tunisia wanted to play football, and we know we’re stronger in open games. If we play against defensive teams, we have more trouble and people immediately think our play is slower. Tunisia are a good side with technical quality, the desire to press high up the pitch and to play football. I have a lot of respect for that.”
Meanwhile, notable names like Brazil and Germany are not performing well, and thus it might make more sense for Belgium to finish second in the group. However, Hazard, another Chelsea star, thinks otherwise. The Belgium captain said, “It’s important to finish top of the group, because – psychologically – it could have an influence on our opponent who says to themselves they’re going to play against a team that was the best in its group. Up front, we’re strong, so we should show that to create a little more doubt in our rivals.”
Some comments also came from another Premier League star Toby Alderweireld, who is a regular performer for Belgium. The Tottenham defender showed immense respect for their upcoming opponents, “England have improved a lot in the last couple of years. They have a very young talented squad. The pressure is a little bit gone but on the other hand you want to have a good feeling going into the next round.
“We want to have a good performance and keep a winning mentality and not drop our level. We will do everything we can to win that game.”