Kevin De Bruyne has got doubts about his national team coach’s tactics as he said that Belgium can’t rely just on their individual talent and they need proper tactics ahead of the upcoming World Cup in Russia.
Belgium were held to a 3-3 draw by Mexico in Brussels on Friday, and Manchester City star De Bruyne said the result was a wake-up call. Martinez has a talented squad including Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens, Yannick Carrasco, Thibaut Courtois and Jan Vertonghen to choose from, according to ESPN. And De Bruyne himself said that this result happened because Mexico were simply tactically better.
The Belgian spoke about the match against Mexico as he said: “Their system made our five defenders sit deep and we were swimming in midfield — it was five against seven. We still put too much [emphasis] on our talents. As long as we don’t have a good tactical system, we will have difficulties against countries like Mexico. It’s a pity that we have not yet found a solution. Of course, we play with a system that is in principle very defensive, but it is filled with many attacking players who want the ball.”
He continued with praising his last opponent’s system: “Then you have a bit of a problem, like against Mexico. It was a match in which we had very little possession and everyone in a system that doesn’t really fit. We now know that something must be changed against such teams. But, eventually, Martinez decides. I think the trainer has to find a solution so that we can avoid such situations as against Mexico in the future.”
De Bruyne also spoke about being compared to Messi or Ronaldo and he claimed that he doesn’t really care about it: “I don’t care. I really don’t care. People compare too many players with each other, you have too many good players in the world. In the end, I will only win individual awards if I win something with City.”