Roberto Martínez responds to expectation worry for Belgium in Euro 2020. They prepare to open campaign against Russia in St Petersburg.
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Roberto Martínez believes Belgium’s players can handle the expectations of a potentially legacy-defining tournament as they prepare to open their Euro 2020 campaign against Russia in St Petersburg.
The Red Devils sit atop FIFA’s world rankings, a position to which a lavishly gifted squad have become accustomed over the recent past.
However, an improvement upon their third-placed finish at the 2018 World Cup will be required to make good on their incredible promise.
“I’m sure that the last three years, when the team reaches the level of continuity and consistency that it’s showed in the world rankings there is more expectation,” Martinez told a pre-match news conference. “There are more neutral fans who follow the team.
“But that doesn’t change anything for us. You grow from expectation within the team. The difficulty is the team we have in front of us. I don’t think this team will suffer because of expectation.”
Credit: AS English