Snelders: “The call for newcomers at the Red Devils is growing” | Red Devils

Tomorrow the Red Devils will play their last game in the first part of the Nations League in Poland. For many holders these are “too many matches”. But Eddy Snelders sees these matches as the opportunity for newcomers to show themselves to the coach, the press and the public.

“As a newcomer, these are the opportunities you should seize”

“It’s time it was done. For some, the matches are too much.”

Eddy Snelders makes no bones about it when we talk about the attitude and intensity in the past matches. “The approach of the Nations League does not appear to be the biggest motivator,” he laughs.

But for the 24 players left, this is a very important game.

“When you are called up to the national team, especially as a newcomer, every game is an opportunity to put yourself on the map.”

Showing yourself to the coach, the press and the public, even if it is in a glorified exhibition game, is important. “If the titulars are fit, the chance that you will play is smaller anyway. So you have to seize those opportunities.”

“Basically a completely new team”

Roberto Martinez had already said in advance that not a single player who kicked off in Wales would start in Poland, but with only 24 players left, things might be difficult.

“I don’t know if he will be able to keep his promise,” Snelders says. “The call for newcomers in the base will be even greater and because of all those dropouts it will in principle be a whole new team.”

“If Martinez keeps his word, Matz Sels will be in goal. At the back, Alderweireld and Vertonghen will take their place again. And because Toby did well in the center I think Castagne will start on the right.”

I think that Charles De Ketelaere will now get his chance to fill in the role of De Bruyne a bit

Eddy Snelders, co-commentator radio

“I think Hans Vanaken and Dennis Praet populate in the midfield. Tielemans would actually be the most obvious, but in Martinez’s view, he does not play. Thorgan Hazard and Saelemaekers get their chance on the flanks.”

“Offensively, Eden Hazard is a certitude and I think Charles De Ketelaere will now have his chance to fill in the role of KDB a bit. Either as a false nine or as a right winger, if Martinez plays in the striker with Lois Openda Otherwise, Januzaj, who has been sulking on the bench for a while, will be on right winger.”

“Martinez makes it to the World Cup … unless there is an offer from a club”

And what about Roberto Martinez and his credit as national coach?

“He does not like to lose and he does not often fall out of his role. But it is drawing on the wall. The pressure is increasing and the quiet years we had after the success are over. He knows that too and that makes him more restless.”

But will Martinez still make it to the World Cup? “I think so … unless there is an offer from a club. I’ve never heard him say he wouldn’t be interested if he was on the wish list of a top club.”

Never say never. Spain once lost its national coach just before the start of a World Cup. In football anything is possible.

Eddy Snelders, co-commentator radio

“Of course it doesn’t happen often, but never say never. Spain once lost its national coach just before the start of a World Cup. In football everything is possible.”

“At a certain point you run out of oxygen. Martinez has been here since 2016, an eternity in football terms. Over time, a little acidification automatically sets in and the uncertainty starts to grow.”

“Roberto Martinez will also be looking forward to something else for after the World Cup. The football association must also take that into account. Unless of course we become world champions. And then …”



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