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Martinez responds to De Bruyne's criticism of his tactics

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 00:52

Belgium soccer coach Roberto Martinez says Kevin De Bruyne has an 'honest view' after the midfielder criticised Martinez's tactics in Friday's 3-3 draw against Mexico

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SHOWS: BRUGES, BELGIUM (NOVEMBER 13, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1 (SOUNDBITE) (English) BELGIUM COACH, ROBERTO MARTINEZ, SAYING: "I think it's an honest view. And it comes for the right reasons. Obviously I'll speak to him, I will deal with it in an internal manner, but I don't think it's anything done in a malicious manner or to be disrespectful. Not at all, it's the opposite. I think it means he cares a lot about the national team, he cares about this team being a winning team and to achieve something special and November is the right time to almost express these views." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BELGIUM COACH, ROBERTO MARTINEZ, SAYING: "It's the truth. Tactically we are not ready yet and that's what we need to get from now until the start of the World Cup. This is the period to prepare the team. So looking back at Mexico, it's what we needed, to prepare the team with what we will be facing." STORY: Belgium coach Roberto Martinez answered on Monday (November 13) strong criticism from Manchester City player Kevin De Bruyne about his tactics for the team's last friendly game against Mexico on Friday (November 10) which was drawn 3-3. With the 'Red Devils' about to face Japan in a friendly game in Bruges on Tuesday (November 14), Martinez said he understood De Bruyne's critics and believed they showed his commitment to the national team. Belgium qualified impressively for the 2018 World Cup, going undefeated with nine wins and a draw in Group H, but they failed to impress in the most recent major tournament, losing to Wales in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.

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Martinez responds to De Bruyne's criticism of his tactics

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 00:52