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Buzzing Belgium imagine even brighter future beckons

​Belgium replicate on their best-ever World Cup end Kompany, captain Hazard and Witsel communicate with "We have come on in leaps and ...

  • Belgium replicate on their best-ever World Cup end
  • Kompany, captain Hazard and Witsel communicate with
  • “We have come on in leaps and bounds,” stated Kompany
By Simon Massart with Belgium

“What a rush of feelings!” stated Vincent Kompany, a 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ bronze medal clutched in his hand and a smile unfold throughout his face. In a single fell swoop, with the 2-Zero victory over England, he and his team-mates earned Belgium a first-ever podium end on the world extravaganza and in addition ensured that they may not be written off as a golden technology that didn’t stay as much as the hype.

The Diables Rouges made it six wins from seven video games to conclude their Russian journey on a excessive. “It is mission achieved: our constructive emotions now outweigh the regrets that we had after our semi-final defeat. Above all, we really feel proud and we go away firmly intending to maintain working onerous in order that we will be even higher subsequent time spherical,” the centre-back instructed

The 32-year-old appeared decided to savour the current earlier than turning his consideration to the long run. “We have come on in leaps and bounds not too long ago due to a simpler technique for getting ready for matches. The outcomes have been plain to see in Russia,” he stated bullishly. 

Nevertheless, he was coyer in regards to the query of his personal plans – one thing that’s on everybody’s lips in Belgium: “I would like a while to resolve whether or not I will hold taking part in for the Diables Rouges. It is too necessary a choice to be made within the warmth of the second.”

For his half, Eden Hazard was in an equally upbeat temper after claiming his third Budweiser Man of the Match award of the event: “We’ll be even stronger in two years’ time. It will go down as a profitable World Cup for us, however I am satisfied that even higher awaits us sooner or later.” 

An inspirational determine for the competitors’s main scorers, Hazard not solely showcased his mesmeric dribbling abilities in his each outing in Russia, however he additionally led by instance as captain and helped himself to a few objectives alongside the way in which. All of that could be a clearer indication of his private progress, notably given his extra subdued performances 4 years in the past in Brazil.

The consensus amongst Roberto Martinez’s gamers, together with their skipper, was that past simply their wonderful outcomes, Belgium can derive further satisfaction from the fashion by which they acquitted themselves. As Axel Witsel put it, “I imagine we have been essentially the most engaging group to observe on the event.” 

The midfield grafter, one of many workhorses whose efforts within the shadows set the stage for Belgium to lastly revel within the limelight, went on to supply his personal optimistic imaginative and prescient of the long run: “We have been robust from starting to finish due to our maturity when issues received powerful. We have taken an actual step ahead over the previous few weeks. Wanting forward, that offers me plenty of confidence and the conviction that we’ll be even higher sooner or later.”