Belgium manager Roberto Martinez was far from satisfied with what he saw on Friday despite his team thrashing San Marino 4-0.
Belgium maintained their 100% winning record in their Euro qualification campaign to stay top of Group I. Although San Marino, who sit bottom of FIFA’s world rankings in 221st-place, didn’t make life easy for the world’s highest-ranked team.
It, in fact, took Belgium 43 minutes to finally break the deadlock courtesy of Michy Batshuayi’s penalty following Mirko Palazzi’s handball.
Whether Martinez’s pep talk did the trick or not, the Red Devils suddenly discovered their A-game after the break by bagging three more goals through Dries Mertens, Nacer Chadli and another from Batshuayi.
For Martinez, though, Belgium’s performance San Marino was simply unacceptable altogether.
“I’m not happy with the way we played,” the head coach told reporters after Belgium’s victory.
“It wasn’t good enough or up to our standard. It’s true in the first half we didn’t look like a team with direction.
“There was a lot of misunderstanding about what we asked for. It is true that it was not the usual team, but it’s crazy as we had to work to make the difference and keep the clean sheet.
“We wasted 45 minutes. It’s not what we are. We played as a group of individuals in the first half and as a team second half.
“It is not acceptable to see this kind of game. I take responsibility for that. I’m still happy to pocket the three points.”
Belgium sit three points ahead of second-place Russia in Group I, with Kazakhstan a further five points back in third.
The World Cup semi-finalists will now head to Hampden Park next Monday for another Euro 2020 qualifier against fourth-place Scotland, who lost 2-1 to Russia on Tuesday.