Belgium fired up for key clash against experienced Italy
Belgium boss Marc Wilmots believes comments from a number of Italian players have provided his players with the perfect motivation to overcome Antonio Conte’s side today in Lyon.
Italy midfielder Lorenzo Insigne recently commented on Belgium’s poor defensive record, noting that the Red Devils had failed to keep a clean sheet in seven games.
And Wilmots believes these comments will act as extra motivation as Belgium’s “golden generation” look to live up to hype.
“It’s good if Italy talk about our defence as a weak spot,” he said. “I’ll hang the article up in the locker room so they can all see it.
“We will use that sort of thing to fire us up even more.”
He added: “Would I be happy with a draw? No, I want to win.
“Italy can play with a 3-5-2 or 4-3-3, but we can surprise people too.”
While much of the focus will be on Belgium’s array of attacking talent - such as Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku - Italy believe an experienced defence could see them excel in France.
“Defensive solidarity must be our number one target,” said experienced centre-back Giorgio Chiellini.
“I don’t think a team necessarily needs to score that many goals. You only have to score one more than your opponents. That is what really counts.”