They took the lead twice, but they still needed a Romelu Lukaku goal in the 70th minute to avoid losing to Mexico the other day (3-3), at home, a performance that left a lot to be desired, according to Kevin de Bruyne (and not only).
Mexico were just tactically better. Their system made our five defenders sit deep and we were swimming in midfield – it was five against seven
the Manchester City midfielder told Het Laatste Niewus, not really trying to hide what he thought of his coach’s tactical approach.
We still put too much on our talents. As long as we don’t have a good tactical system, we will have difficulties against countries like Mexico. It’s a pity that we have not yet found a solution
de Bruyne said, pronouncing what many are thinking, that Belgium rely too much on their individual talent, but they’re not exactly playing and thriving as a team, as a group of players working together on a clear and efficient plan.
Of course we play with a system that is in principle very defensive, but it is filled with many attacking players who want the ball. Then you have a bit of a problem, like against Mexico. It was a match in which we had very little possession and everyone in a system that doesn’t really fit. We now know that something must be changed against such teams
the 26-year-old also said, adding
eventually, Martinez decides. I think the trainer has to find a solution so that we can avoid such situations as against Mexico in the future.