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  1. LilSaint

    Belgium vs Tunisia - 1pm BST - BBC1

    Well he's obviously a winger that we tried to convert to a wing back so defensively he's not going to be up to par with Meunier (who was a striker in the youth teams btw, but converted much sooner). IIRC he had the most distance covered of the entire team, which is logical on his position, but still. He's more of a threat going forward than he is a defensive asset though, that's for sure. His crossing, dribbling, shooting ability are the main reason he's in the team and frankly I'm not too unhappy about him. Against better sides I expect Witsel/Vertonghen to provide the necessary defensive assistance. He's gotten a fair bit of criticism out here too mind, I'm just quite positive about him. That being said, a decent left back is something we haven't had in years. We used to always play Vertonghen there, but he prefers a more central position. The next options being Pocognoli & Jordan Lukaku says it all really.
  2. Depends if you're purely talking results or not. Belgiums current crop are the most talented group of players we ever had. In terms of cold hard results on a major tournament, they're yet to deliver and it's maybe even the last chance for some of them. A few might retire from international football after this world cup.
  3. LilSaint

    Belgium vs Tunisia - 1pm BST - BBC1

    Yea honestly, if you look at our bench.. A lot of our "B-team" would quite comfortably make the starting XI in many other teams. Read some Italian journo saying they could build a team around Tielemans Batshuayi and have Nainggolan captain that side I sort of expect Januzaj to feature thursday as well. I'm just not sure who'd fill in for Meunier.. Alderweireld maybe?
  4. LilSaint

    It came home. Hope, hope came home

    True. And you never know, those subs might come out with a point to prove. With most of the Eng/Bel players playing in the same league anyway, I can't imagine anyone will want to lose. Looking forward to thursday in any case.
  5. LilSaint

    It came home. Hope, hope came home

    Not sure about that. There's talk of resting players on a yellow + players who picked up (minor) knocks. That includes Vertonghen, Hazard, Mertens, Lukaku, De Bruyne, Meunier I doubt we'll rest all 6 but still, it's likely we'll play a glorified b side. Which tbf Southgate admitted to looking into as well, depending on who finishes 1st/2nd in other groups.
  6. LilSaint

    Belgium vs Tunisia - 1pm BST - BBC1

    Wonder who we'll play against England. Martinez already said he'd be resting a few players so Glad that game doesn't matter anymore, but would still like to see us win. Actually not too fussed about our defensive 'issues' .. Think Boyata did decent, a few errors here & there but Kompany always makes 1 or 2 errors as well so. Carrasco & Meunier have put in great performances. Alderweireld & Vertonghen are solid. Who the hell cares we conceded 2 against Tunisia if you score 5 btw. I don't mind conceding 4 against Brazil if we manage to bang 5 in again
  7. As for Belgium, regardless of performances - these are individually the best players we ever had so I reckon this is our golden generation. There's talk of some of them quitting after this world cup, so the time to deliver is now.
  8. LilSaint

    Belgium - Panama 16:00 BST

    I said the same thing when our final selection was announced. While Nainggolans omision is incomprehensible, Chadli has actually proved me wrong. He fills that left wing back position better than Carrasco imo, in spite of his non-season. Quite pleased with the 3-0 win, think we scored 3 lovely goals. First half was obviously poor, but understandeable given Panama parking the bus from the first minute. Looking forward to the Tunisia game now, hope we can take care of business before facing England. Unlike us, they impressed in the first half - not as much in the second. End product seems to be lacking atm, if they can get their shooting boots on I can imagine us having a tough game ahead.
  9. LilSaint

    Belgium - Panama 16:00 BST

    No, but Vermaelen isn't fully fit yet. Might be for the Tunisia game
  10. LilSaint

    Belgium - Panama 16:00 BST

    Don't mind him starting tonight, it's the latter stages I worry about. I still wish we'd have left Kompany home tbf, I can perfectly see him starting against England and either making one or two costly mistakes because he's not fully recoverd or just going off injured again.
  11. LilSaint

    Belgium - Panama 16:00 BST

    Rarely starts for us, especially now KDB gets played lower next to Witsel. Celtic fans rate Boyata? He's seen as one of, if not out biggest, liability among Belgian fans
  12. Predicted lineup for Belgium Courtois Carrasco Alderweireld Boyata Vertonghen Meunier Witsel De Bruyne Hazard Mertens Lukaku Kompany/Vermaelen still not fully fit and won't feature. Panama: Jaime Penedo; Roman Torres, Fidel Escobar, Eric Davis, Michael Murillo; Gabriel Gomez, Anibal Godoy, Armando Cooper, Edgar Barcenas, Jose Luis Rodriguez; Blas Perez.
  13. LilSaint

    Morocco v Iran

    Surely Morocco are coasting through this game Carcela ftw
  14. We have a teambuilding event at work during the England game.. Luckily our CFO is a bit football crazy as well and he insisted we quit in time so everyone can watch the game