Football-Holland is the perfect preparation for the World Cup, says Martinez | The Mighty 790 KFGO

(Reuters) – Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said the trip to the Netherlands was the perfect preparation for the World Cup because of the intense rivalry between the teams.

Belgium beat Wales 2-1 in Brussels in the Nations League on Thursday, then face the Dutch in Amsterdam on Sunday.

“If you asked me what the perfect game is going to be to prepare for the World Cup, I would say playing the Netherlands because of the rivalry, because of what that means, because of the fans,” Martinez told reporters.

“Play away and play with the game you have to have real direction and real meaning on the scoreboard. And then from that point on, let’s see how we can finish this League of Nations campaign.”

Martinez also praised Kevin de Bruyne, saying his performance was “magical” after the Manchester City midfielder scored one goal and another in the win over Wales.

“I think this is a message for all of our fans. Don’t underestimate watching Kevin De Bruyne play,” Martinez said.

“For me, he is the most incredible player in world football right now.”

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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