Belgium has no qualms about having to face holder Portugal within the subsequent spherical of the European Championship, defender Toby Alderweireld stated on Thursday, suggesting simpler opponent may need dampened its aggression.
“I don’t suppose you will be happy or displeased about an opponent,” he advised reporters after Portugal completed third in Group F after last-gasp drama on the conclusion of the group section on Wednesday.
With Hungary main Germany and Portugal stage with France, going into the closing levels of each Group F video games, Belgium was heading in the right direction to satisfy Hungary quite than Portugal within the final 16 in Seville on Sunday.
However a late German equaliser in Munich pushed Portugal down to 3rd and eradicated the Hungarians.
“Suppose we needed to meet Hungary as a substitute after which everybody begins to suppose ‘that is going to be straightforward’. That form of perspective could be very troublesome to transform into the aggression you want for these form of video games. We are actually going to satisfy a high workforce and that forces us to place our greatest foot ahead,” Alderweireld stated.
“I feel they (Portugal) are a really troublesome workforce to beat, they’ve numerous high quality, the workforce could be very compact, they know find out how to play large video games in large tournaments. And so they have numerous expertise as properly, so I feel we’re going to must be high to beat them.
“In fact, everybody talks of Cristiano Ronaldo, he is without doubt one of the greatest on the planet however they haven’t solely him but in addition numerous high quality round him, who create possibilities for him.”
However Alderweireld insisted the top-ranked facet “very hungry and desired to realize” success on the Euro 2020.
“We’ve got sufficient expertise collectively and everybody is aware of precisely what to do, The gamers who will play might be prepared,” he advised a information convention on Thursday.
Alderweireld additionally parried issues over pitch circumstances in Seville, which had been criticised within the early rounds.
“We’re a workforce that wishes the ball however we’ll simply must be sure that the circumstances turn out to be a bonus. The sphere shouldn’t be an excuse.
“We’ve got already performed three away video games. We had the expertise of taking over Denmark of their backpack and there we confirmed that we might rise above all of the components towards us,” he added.