Roberto Martínez’s men, third in Russia 2018, want to go one step further against an improved Canada and that could be a surprise.
Belgium and Canada will play the second match of group F at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan. A match where Roberto Martínez’s men are clear favorites to win and give no chance to the rest of the group’s rivals to challenge them for first place. Canada arrives after four decades without being in the World Cup and with a more powerful team than it seems to surprise.
How does Belgium arrive? Thought they were third in the last World Cup, Belgium arrives with doubts and with a lot of noise around them. Things have not gone well in recent years, but the block of top veteran players remains. Possibly is the last World Cup of stars like Courtois, De Bruyne, Witsle, or Lukaku. Precisely the big loss for the game will be the absence of the Chelsea striker on loan to Inter. Lukaku is still in the recovery phase and will have to wait to help the Red Devils.
How does Canada arrive? The North Americans of Canada arrive at the appointment as one of the great unknowns. They have been waiting for four decades and have managed to form a young team with a high level. The project started by the Floros a few years ago has been culminated with the arrival of John Herdman, who has already managed the women’s team in two World Cups and is now debuting with the country’s men’s team. Canada seeks to surprise and qualify for the quarterfinals.
The game duel. De Bruyne vs. Davies. Belgium, like City, plays to the rhythm that Kevin De Bruyne marks. One of the great stars of the tournament, who will try to take his team to the top. In Canada, Alphonso Davies leads. The Bayern Munich left-back who is capable of arriving and shooting from anywhere on the field. A duel of many millions.
By Fernando Perez (Football Analyst, Spain)