Belgium is meeting Tunisia on Saturday and seek to extend its lead in Group G to advance to round of 16 of the World Cup 2018 in Russia, while the North African nation seek to improve ranking in group.
Belgium is leading the group after their 3-0 win against Panama in the World Cup opener. Tunisia suffered a 1-2 defeat by England and needs to win very badly.
“Tunisia has evolved. The players have surprised many teams. They are flexible and they are probably the most dynamic team we have faced,” Belgium coach Roberto Martinez told reporters on eve of match day.
“We need to be ourselves against them and do even better than what we did against Panama,” he said.
Tunisia, he added, have a “lot of bravery,” and the players have a good understanding between each others “and they can bring energy and intensity on counter-attacks.” Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul said his players had more pressure on them following England defeat, therefore, “we don’t have other way, we should win this match.
“Belgium for me is the best team of this group. We will do some chanbes, they have (Eden) Hazard and their midfielders are so good,” said Maaloul.
Tunisia’s goalkeeper Mouez Hassen was forced to leave the squad due to shoulder injury and he must undergo a surgery. Khalil Djbabli is replacing him.
This will be the fourth meeting between Belgium and Tunisia. Each won one game and shared one draw.
This is Belgium and Tunisia’s second World Cup meeting, as the first ended in a draw in group stages in 2002.
Source: Kuwait News Agency