Monday, 22 October, 2018

Romelu Lukaku criticism: Eden Hazard explains comments on Belgium star

Eden Hazard Romelu Lukaku GETTY Eden Hazard wants more from Belgium team-mate Romelu Lukaku
| 23 June, 2018, 14:46

"But at the end of the game, we won 3-0, so we have to be happy", Hazard continued. "But I liked the way we reacted as a team".

Belgium beat Panama convincingly 3-0 in their World Cup Group G clash on Wednesday.

Hazard, unperturbed, emerged from the interval and helped inspire Belgium following a frustrating and scoreless opening period, Panama's stubborn resistance broken by Dries Mertens' stunning volley at the start of the second half.

"The first half was a little bit slow".

Hazard insists the criticism was never meant to be personal, with those inside the Belgium camp still united as they endeavour to bring the best out of themselves and one another. [I got a] nice assist, but usually when I pass to Romelu, he scores, so it's not that hard to get an assist sometimes.


Belgium also avoided the fate of Spain, Argentina, Germany and Brazil, which stumbled and dropped points in their openers.

Belgium was drawn into a group that appeared relatively easy. People were saying that Belgium would win every game easily but it's not like this. England will face Tunisia. "Of course, we want to demand from each other, and that's natural, what happens in a dressing room". We know the quality of our team and the importance of playing together.

Narrowly qualifying for a first finals under Colombian coach Hernan Dario Gomez, Panama were thumped 6-0 by Switzerland in their pre-tournament build-up while Belgium disposed of much more fancied Central Americans Costa Rica 4-0 last week before travelling.

"What we lacked at the Euros, Martinez wants to get", said Paris St Germain winger Thomas Meunier, whose performance in a confident warm-up campaign exemplified the selfless movement in attack and defence that many players say Martinez has brought. We want to improve, we need to improve. "I have to play football in a different way than you, but you have this big strength, the talent - you have everything'".

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