Belgium coach Roberto Martinez believes that the weight of responsibility his players felt in their quest for the titles caused the second-half collapse against France in their semi-final match of the League of Nations Thursday.
Belgium abandoned their 2-0 first-half lead to fall 3-2 to world champions France, conceding a goal in the 90th minute, three minutes after striker Romelu Lukaku scored what appeared to be the winning goal before it was called off for offside.
The all-star team, which includes Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard, have been described as a “golden generation” but again failed in their attempt to win a title three months after being knocked out in the Euro quarter. 2020 – final by Italy.
“The second half was all about emotion and a sense of responsibility to reach the final,” Martinez said at a press conference. “Suddenly it became a game we wanted to end. At that point we stopped playing. If anything, it’s the responsibility we feel towards our fans and the way this generation wants to play. “With that he wins titles.”
Belgium scored two goals in three minutes thanks to Yannick Carrasco and Lukaku, which resulted in a good performance in the first half before a disastrous period in the second half.
The result is yet another disappointment for Belgian fans, who have seen their talented squad withdraw from the quarter-finals of the last two European Championships and finish third in the 2018 World Cup, but Martinez hopes to capitalize on the experience for the next. World Cup of the Year in Qatar.
“What we need to instill is the commitment and the desire to get there. We are in the right stages of competitions. Now is the time to make sure we are learning. We all feel as a nation that we are suffer, but 12 months from now we have a major tournament, “said the Spaniard.
“This is a good time for us to show our tenacity and that we want to grow even through this difficult experience,” he added.