« Good matches for the World Cup »
Belgium will face the Netherlands, Poland and Wales in Group A4 of the next Nations League, just months before the 2022 World Cup.
« The meetings against the Netherlands will be great derbies and the perfect opportunity to prepare for the World Cup, » said the coach Thursday in the wake of the draw.
« These matches are also very important for the supporters. I have already faced the Netherlands twice in friendly matches (each time punctuated by the score of 1-1, editor’s note) and I have already been able to measure the importance of this duel. I can not wait. We all know the experience of Louis van Gaal (the Dutch coach, editor’s note), it will certainly be interesting matches « , explained the Catalan.
Besides the ‘Oranje’, the Devils, who played in the Final Four of the last edition, will also face Wales and Poland. « We obviously know the Welsh very well and know very well what their qualities are. They are a team that play with passion and die hard. It will be a good test for us once again, like Poland. . We know her less well but she is not in League A by chance, « added Martinez.
« Unique opportunity »
These six matches will be held between June and September 2022 and will constitute a full-scale rehearsal before the Qatari World Cup scheduled for November 21 to December 18, 2022. « It is a unique advantage and opportunity to be able to challenge such nations. We must always try. to win our group. We did not succeed in the first edition but in the second. We have the ambition to build ourselves in this competition with a view to the World Cup while trying to reach the Final Four « , punctuated Martinez.