Belgium captain Eden Hazard has denied there’s a rift within the squad however admits frank phrases had been exchanged between the gamers following their shock 2-0 World Cup Group F loss to Morocco on Sunday.
Hazard was chatting with the media together with skilled goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on Tuesday after they changed the gamers initially scheduled to speak, Yannick Carrasco and Arthur Theate.
It was a transfer by staff administration to attempt to quell rising hypothesis that a lot of gamers have fallen out. Belgium, ranked second on this planet, will nearly actually must beat Croatia on Thursday to advance to the final 16.
“We had a great speak among the many gamers,” Hazard mentioned. “Quite a bit has been mentioned. We talked for an hour about good issues and fewer good issues. Now we wish to win in opposition to Croatia. We now have two days to arrange. We’ve got to be prepared.”
Hazard denied there was a confrontation within the dressing room after the Morocco loss, and mentioned he had spoken with midfielder Kevin De Bruyne after the latter was quoted as saying the Belgium squad was too outdated to win the World Cup.
“Nothing occurred within the dressing room,” Hazard mentioned. “Solely the coach (Roberto Martinez) spoke. I spoke to Kevin De Bruyne, he does consider within the group.”
Hazard admitted the gamers had been disenchanted with their performances within the opening two matches in Qatar.
“We’ve got to do higher, we can not ship the efficiency we wish (for the time being). We’ve got to point out it on the pitch, that’s what counts,” he mentioned.
“We nonetheless have high quality within the group and are right here to win. We lack confidence due to that final go and that final dribble. We’ve got to regain that confidence.”
Courtois, who will earn his one hundredth cap in opposition to Croatia, insisted the reviews of a rift within the camp have the truth is galvanised the squad.
“The issue is that too many lies are unfold. A state of affairs is described that doesn’t exist. As a bunch, we have to keep away from that negativity,” he mentioned.
“Every thing was clarified yesterday. Everybody has overtly expressed their opinion. Now we’ve got to take motion on the sphere. It’s good that we had a bunch dialog. We mentioned what we thought to one another.
“We’ve got to be sincere with one another and combat for one another on the pitch.”