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Martinez says intensity will be key in Belgium's World Cup qualifier against Bosnia

Thursday, October 06, 2016 - 00:50

Coach Roberto Martinez believes intensity is the key as Belgium prepare to face Bosnia in their World Cup Group H qualifier.

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SHOWS: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (OCTOBER 6, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BELGIUM NATIONAL TEAM COACH, ROBERTO MARTINEZ, SAYING: "For every action it will be very, very difficult. Bosnia and Herzegovina they've got a really, really close group of players that they know each other really well. It's almost as if they bring a club level feeling the way they play with the national team. The players have been together for a long time, they know each other well, and we will have to match that element." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BELGIUM NATIONAL TEAM COACH, ROBERTO MARTINEZ, SAYING: "For me it is going to be both, if we cannot play with intensity on the ball we are not going to break them down. And if we don't play with intensity without the ball, they are going to complicate our defensive duties. All in all I would say that the intensity tomorrow from our point of view, the way we are going to play our game, it is going to be the biggest aspect." STORY: Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said that his side needs to play with intensity when they host Bosnia-Herzegovina in their World Cup Group H qualifier on Friday (October 7). Both sides won their opening qualifying matches and Martinez, who replaced Marc Wilmots after Euro 2016, believes Bosnia will be tough opponents. "Bosnia and Herzegovina they've got a really, really close group of players that they know each other really well. It's almost as if they bring a club level feeling the way they play with the national team. The players have been together for a long time, they know each other well, and we will have to match that element," the Spaniard said. "If we can not play with intensity on the ball we are not going to break them down. And if we don't play with intensity without the ball, they are going to complicate our defensive duties. All in all I would say that the intensity tomorrow from our point of view, the way we are going to play our game, it is going to be the biggest aspect," Martinez said.

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Martinez says intensity will be key in Belgium's World Cup qualifier against Bosnia

Thursday, October 06, 2016 - 00:50