BEL­GIUM

Daily Mail - - World Cup 2018 -

THE BOSS ROBERTO MARTINEZ

The for­mer Everton and Wi­gan boss is un­der more pres­sure than any man­ager at the World Cup. He has an em­bar­rass­ment of riches in his squad but has to work out his best for­mula if Bel­gium are to go far in Rus­sia.

THE STAR KEVIN DE BRUYNE

Af­ter a sen­sa­tional sea­son with Manch­ester City, De Bruyne should be Bel­gium’s star. He is most dan­ger­ous in a mid­field three but the man­ager’s back-five for­ma­tion can sti­fle his cre­ativ­ity. De Bruyne (right) is ex­pected to be more work­man­like in mid­field — and that means we see less of the artist.

THE PROSPECT LE­AN­DER DENDONCKER

The 23-year-old, who can play in mid­field or at cen­tre back, is highly rated by An­der­lecht.

KEY STRENGTH

In Eden Haz­ard they have a proven match­win­ner. Martinez sets up his team the same way as Chelsea last sea­son with his cap­tain in a front three be­hind a cen­tre for­ward. This team is geared to help Haz­ard thrive.

BIG­GEST WEAK­NESS

With very few full back op­tions, Martinez plays with a back five but two of the five cen­tre backs in his squad have suf­fered in­juries. Thomas Ver­mae­len is re­cov­er­ing from a ham­string in­jury while Vin­cent Kom­pany is a ma­jor doubt.

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