From: Brussels, Belgium
Great match. Great display.
I only partly concur. Our Red Devils were bad, really bad. Bad play, individually. Bad play, as a team. Bad tactic. No spirit. No excuse.
But Wales ! Where to begin ? That's a TEAM ! And so much for the so-called lack of technicians, the best moves were done by Welsh players. At least, nobody may say that Wales won because Belgium badly played, they were fantastic on their own and fully deserve their victory. And thank to them for the show. I'll be rooting for them against Portugal.
I've mentioned before, this is now two tournaments that the Belgians have flattered to deceive. They ARE the England of the 2000's. Look at the Belgians on paper. There is little weakness - Hazard, Courtois, Dembele, De Bruyne, Alderweirald, Vertonghen - the list goes on. These are seriously good footballers. But just like the England of Gerrard, Scholes, Cole, Beckham etc; come a tournament and.......
Indeed. Players who do great in a regular club, but can't play as well together in a national team. When they individually play well, they make illusion, like against Eire and Hungary - but the opposition was not as good as other teams. And when they play badly, like yesterday...
In short, very good against sub-par nations, where individual actions can make the difference. But even while #1 at FIFA ranking, unable to beat nations of the top, or rather, unable to beat nations solid as a block where team cohesion and tactic are needed.
A what a collection of spoilt kids who won't make efforts when not at their preferred position, like De Bruyne showed against Italy and earlier during the preparation. And how come that Lukaku is so prolific with Everton but mute with the Red Devils ? I'm more and more pushed to think it's a question of will. :-(