The Red Devils won the World Cup qualifiers against Estonia 2-5. Hans Vanaken and Thibaut Courtois made it clear to the VTM cameras after the win.
Hans Vanaken: “I could have had more passes to my name”
Hans Vanaken reacted enthusiastically after the match. Club Brugge midfielder scored the first goal for the Red Devils. “It’s good to score a goal. It was the way to my qualities. After that we kept looking and at the end the goals will come. The first goal was a contact error on the left, but in the end we are only happy with the three points. Mission accomplished.” Vanaken also scored assists. “In general I am satisfied, but he could have been with her.”
“Do I expect more minutes to play in the upcoming matches? I am satisfied with my match today, and now the coach has to choose. It will depend on who all come back.”
Thibaut Courtois: “We are playing a good game with possession”
Thibaut Courtois was also satisfied after the 2-5 win in Estonia. “I think we played very well in possession. The two goals conceded were less, but that’s what it is. Nothing to do about it. That’s something we need to analyze internally. The most important thing was to win today. The Czech Republic had many chances on the It’s a home against us. That was a tough game. We weren’t really ourselves at the time and will have to do better now. We can’t give up too many chances. Fortunately we are now playing in a nearly full stadium again. Will I be back in Madrid on Monday? I suppose I’m going to play the three games, but the most important thing is to win on Sunday and then we’ll see.”
Roberto Martinez: “I took the challenge well”
“With the first goal, all credit goes to Estonia,” said national team coach Roberto Martinez. “It was a great shot. It happens in football. The second goal comes after Carrasco was replaced. We didn’t get time to get back into the right position. I’m glad we stayed calm after that first goal against. The five goals we set ourselves satisfy. We had to watch out for the counter. Because Estonia was looking for him.
“What if the first goal against him was a misunderstanding between two players who are not used to playing together? No, that’s a decision. We already knew it wasn’t going to be easy, and we saw that with France and Portugal on Wednesday. If you’re not ready, things could go wrong. That was. The first goal is a real test. These things happen. Estonia only needed half a chance, but we reacted well. The team was ready and that shows the maturity of the team. The new players who came in adapted well. Although it’s been a year since they got their chance. We passed this challenge well.”
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