Martinez: “I respect the competition, We will go to Bosnia for the win”
Belgium coach, Roberto Martinez, stated in a post game interview that his team will travel to Bosnia for the win, despite having already qualified for the 2018 World Cup.
Belgium became the first European team to mathematically secure a place at the 2018 World Cup after defeating Greece 1-2 at the Karaiskakis stadium on Sunday. The result saw Greece drop to third in the group as Bosnia defeated Gibraltar 0-4 in Portugal, putting Bosnia in the driver's seat for second spot in the group.
Bosnia now control their own fate and with two wins in their final matches at home to Bosnia (empty stadium) and on the road against Estonia, will secure second spot in the group. Greece will depend on Bosnia’s results in the final two matches to reclaim second place which likely leads to a playoff spot in November (8 out of the 9 best group runner-ups qualify for the playoffs).
Greece’s hopes rely on an indifferent Belgium, who travel to Bosnia in October, in a match that will be played behind closed doors. Although the Red Devils have already qualified for the World Cup, coach Roberto Martinez stated that Belgium will not back down in their final two games and will play for the win when they travel to Bosnia and host Cyprus in their final two qualifiers.
In a post game interview Martinez stated: “I always respect the competition and we will not compromise its integrity. Remain calm, we will play for the win when we face Bosnia and Cyprus. If I want to test things out, I will do it in our upcoming friendlies, not now in qualifying.”
Greece fans can only hope Martinez is telling the truth...