Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Thomas Vermaelen will start on Monday (9 p.m.) against Finland on the occasion of the third match of the Red Devils in Pool B of the Euro, announced the coach Roberto Martinez on Friday at a conference of press the day after Belgium’s qualification for the round of 16 of the Euro after its victory in Denmark (1-2).
“There is no team A and team B. The rule of five changes has changed everything because those who come off the bench can have a real impact. Thursday, those who have not started were able to make the difference by going up. Monday, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Thomas Vermaelen will start to garner minutes, ”said Martinez.
The first three have recently made their return and the goal of their establishment is to give them playing time in order to prepare them to hold an entire meeting in the knockout phase. As for Vermaelen, he had to be content with a rise in stoppage time against the Danes.
First in their group B with 6 points, Belgium will have to take one more point against Finland on Monday in Saint Petersburg (9 p.m.) to ensure that they finish first. For the national coach, this meeting will be essential because he does not intend to let this first position slip away.
“We’re not going to calculate because we want to win every game. The team needs it. Regardless of the opponent, we want to be as strong as possible. We do not want to choose one way or the other, ”Martinez clarified before discussing the case of Romelu Lukaku.
“Obviously, with his mentality, he wants to play everything. But we’ll see how he recovers for Finland, like the rest of the squad, ”added the technician.
If the Red Devils finish first, they will perform on Sunday June 27 in Seville (9 p.m.) against the third in group A, D, E or F. In case of victory, it is a trip to Munich on July 2 that awaits the Belgians. , against the winner of the duel between the first of group A and the second of group C.
A quarter-final against Italy, if the Squadra finishes first in their group, is a possibility. The Italian team also impressed Martinez. “I haven’t seen all the matches so I’m not objective but Italy has been impressive in front of their fans. She played energetically putting a lot of pressure on her opponents and practicing attacking football. I also enjoyed the Wales game. “