By Nick Stated
DOHA, November 25 (Reuters) – Belgium supervisor Roberto Martinez will probably be on the lookout for a vastly improved efficiency from his facet after they face a resolute Morocco of their second World Cup Group F match at Al Thumama Stadium on Sunday, the place victory will seal a knockout spherical.
Martinez described their 1-0 win over Canada on Wednesday because the “worst technical efficiency” of his six-year tenure, however stated his facet would enhance because the event progressed.
“We have now to develop with these video games,” he informed reporters. “This event goes to make you progress and develop as you go. In the event you do this by profitable video games, that is an unimaginable benefit.
“We did not win (in opposition to Canada) with our regular expertise and ball high quality, however you do not win the World Cup in the event you do not do the opposite facet of the sport (defend properly).”
Martinez was coy about whether or not Romelu Lukaku, whose absence was keenly felt in opposition to Canada, may characteristic. The menacing striker has returned to full coaching after enjoying simply two membership video games since August as a result of thigh and hamstring issues.
“Romelu educated with the remainder of the group,” Martinez stated. “Now we are going to see how his physique reacts afterwards. I do not suppose he will probably be prepared to begin the match in opposition to Morocco, however we are going to discover out within the subsequent two days.”
Getting Lukaku again earlier than the spherical of 16, if Belgium advance that far, will probably be a precedence, however care should be taken to not convey him again on responsibility too quickly.
Morocco are additionally anxious about one in all their key names after Noussair Mazraoui was stretched within the 0-0 draw with Croatia. It is unclear whether or not the best participant will get well from his hip harm in time.
It was knowledgeable efficiency in opposition to the Croatians, however one which new coach Walid Regragui says offers them a platform to construct on in opposition to Belgium.
“I’ve solely been right here two months and I am happy with the gamers. We needed to get one other end result, however ultimately we have been proud of the draw,” he stated.
“We’ll await the results of the match in opposition to Belgium after which we are going to look to qualify for the spherical of 16 in opposition to Canada.”
Morocco beat Belgium 4-1 the final time the groups met in 2008, a match wherein centre-back Jan Vertonghen and midfielder Axel Witsel each performed for the European facet.
(Reporting by Nick Stated; Modifying by Peter Rutherford)
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