Roberto Martinez was naturally very happy with the reaction of his team. Even if “the opponent was of another caliber”, as he admits, the coach highlighted some performances.
The first performance that delighted the federal coach was of course that of Eden Hazard. Finally, the captain of the Red Devils seemed close to his best level. Lively, confident, always forward, he had not played at this level for a long time. “When Eden walks into a room, you understand directly. You know if it’s okay or not. And all this week, so I already knew it would be okay”, smiles Roberto Martinez. “We have seen the best Eden for a long time”.
Hazard could have scored his little goal, but between clumsiness from the second minute and an opposing goalkeeper in good shape, he was unlucky. “He was released. We received the physical statistics of the match and he was at the level he was used to before in the national team,” revealed Martinez. Great news.
Dendoncker, the good surprise
Aligned in central defense on the right side, Leander Dendoncker pleasantly surprised us. “Leander doesn’t get enough credit for what he does,” complains the coach. “He has a very versatile profile, he is always there to close spaces. But this Wednesday, he did more than that. Leander had an influence on the game. It was his most mature game in the selection, and that’s saying a lot because he’s always been reliable. Dendoncker sent a message tonight.”
Finally, the third player to attract praise from Martinez: Leandro Trossard, whose entry finished dynamiting the Polish defense. The Brighton & Hove Albion winger has not only proven himself to be a useful wild card, but also confirmed that he is knocking on the door of the XI. “It’s nice to see players grow over their years in the national team. It’s an achievement. Hans Vanaken did the same. Leandro Trossard is an example of why you shouldn’t worry about the future in selection. He is a completely different player compared to his debut in the national team”, rejoices the Catalan.