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Category: Roberto Martínez

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Roberto Martínez upbeat as Belgium’s old guard have final tilt at major title

Vaunted golden generation hope to slay ghosts but De Bruyne and Witsel are unavailable for opening test against RussiaIt is almost three years since Roberto Martínez, offering a positive analysis as always but failing to mask his disappointment, sat in…

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Remember us? The Euro 2020 coaching cast-offs from English clubs

Netherlands’ Frank de Boer is one of several whose presence on the touchline at the Euros may raise eyebrows in England“Two or three years ago I would not have expected to be in this chair,” said Frank de Boer this week. “Sometimes, an opportunity aris…

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Remember us? The Euro 2020 coaching cast-offs from English clubs

Netherlands’ Frank de Boer is one of several whose presence on the touchline at the Euros may raise eyebrows in England“Two or three years ago I would not have expected to be in this chair,” said Frank de Boer this week. “Sometimes, an opportunity aris…

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England game will show if Belgium’s stars still have their Midas touch

Visit to Wembley is likely to be a test of whether the world’s No 1 team have what it takes to win a major championshipRoberto Martínez promised that Thursday’s friendly against Ivory Coast in Brussels would be all about “l’après Génération Dorée”. Yet…

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Roberto Martínez: ‘Football is a chance to fight for your dreams in life’

Belgium’s manager on feeling ready to go all the way at Euro 2020, moving on from the golden generation and why he loves English footballUntil he took the Belgium job, Roberto Martínez felt much the same as any club manager: that there was rarely a tim…

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Football transfer rumours: Roberto Martínez to take over at Barcelona?

Today’s tittle-tattle is gonna take a little timeFollowing Barcelona’s defeat at the hands of Valencia in last weekend’s Copa del Rey final, the future of Ernesto Valverde is in doubt – and Catalan radio station RAC1 have identified the Belgium ma…

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Martínez and Southgate: too naive for Premier League but men of the world | Paul Wilson

Managers of Belgium and England struggled in the Premier League’s long slog but are perfectly suited to the intensity and short time span of a World CupRoberto Martínez lives on the outskirts of Wigan, the dormitory village on the edge of the Lancashir…

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Thierry Henry happy to stay in the shadows in Belgium’s cause | Kristof Terreur

The former France striker is an inspiration to the Belgium players but will not put himself in the spotlight as they prepare to face France in the World Cup semi-finalAs Belgium began their World Cup preparations there was one coach who looked as if he…

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Roberto Martínez: ‘My players had that look in their eyes that they could win’

• Belgium manager rejigged to a 4-3-3 with a false nine• ‘They finished well, there was no luck,’ says Brazil’s TiteRoberto Martínez described himself as “the proudest man in the world” after his Belgium side demonstrated tactical nous and then tremend…

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Roberto Martínez goes back to tactics board after Belgium’s great escape

After the harum-scarum 3-2 win over Japan, it is hard to see how Martínez can set his team up in the same way when they face BrazilRoberto Martínez’s head must still have been spinning from a dramatic, wild finale to a game that finished with him stood…

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Beating England not a priority for Belgium, says Roberto Martínez

• Belgium manager strikes different tone to Gareth Southgate• ‘Would be unprofessional to put players on yellow cards at risk‘Roberto Martínez struck a different tone to Gareth Southgate by claiming winning their final group game against England was no…

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Beating England not a priority for Belgium, says Roberto Martínez

• Belgium manager strikes different tone to Gareth Southgate• ‘Would be unprofessional to put players on yellow cards at risk‘Roberto Martínez struck a different tone to Gareth Southgate by claiming winning their final group game against England was no…

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Roberto Martínez looks to last 16 and may make 10 changes for England

• Booked De Bruyne, Vertonghen and Meunier will not play• ‘We’re preparing for two games,’ says Belgium’s managerRoberto Martínez has refused to rule out the possibility of making as many as 10 changes for the England game on Thursday and also insisted…

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Romelu Lukaku working on helping Belgium to win rather than Golden Boot

• Roberto Martínez: ‘Rom’s here to try to help the team win’• Vincent Kompany back in training before Tunisia gameRoberto Martínez believes that Romelu Lukaku is not focused on winning the Golden Boot at the World Cup finals, with the Belgium manager c…

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Roberto Martínez: ‘At the World Cup we need to show we are prepared to suffer’

Belgium’s manager, getting ready to face England in Russia, talks about criticism from his own players, the country’s golden generation and why opera is played in the camp“Everyone remembers their first World Cup as their introduction to football,” Rob…

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Eden Hazard to prioritise Belgium’s World Cup over Chelsea contract talks

• ‘I am very happy. I just think about the end of the season’• Forward says Belgium’s target is to reach World Cup finalEden Hazard has said he will not think about signing a contract extension with Chelsea until the World Cup has finished.Hazard, who …

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Chelsea’s Eden Hazard set to miss Belgium matches with calf injury

• Belgium coach Roberto Martínez says injury ‘does not look so serious’
• Chelsea play Crystal Palace and Manchester City after international break

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard will miss Belgium’s international matches this week owing to a calf injury, Roberto Martínez has confirmed.

The 26-year-old forward sat out the 2-1 win at Stoke on Saturday and will now miss both the World Cup qualifier with Greece on Saturday and the friendly with Russia on 28 March.

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Everton’s Ronald Koeman says Roberto Martínez is ‘a really good talker’

• Martínez highlighted defensive frailties during a TV appearance
• Koeman also defends Ross Barkley’s ‘funny’ goal celebration

Ronald Koeman has described Roberto Martínez as “a really good talker” who left him several problems to address at Everton this season.

Martínez was a guest of Sky’s Goals on Sunday programme last weekend when he claimed to have witnessed the same defensive frailties in Everton’s 6-3 defeat of Bournemouth that blighted his reign at Goodison Park. Koeman said he would reserve judgment until the end of the season on what Martínez left him but is bemused by the Belgium manager’s negative comments about an aspect of Everton’s game that has undeniably improved.

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Everton’s Ronald Koeman says Roberto Martínez is ‘a really good talker’

• Martínez highlighted defensive frailties during a TV appearance
• Koeman also defends Ross Barkley’s ‘funny’ goal celebration

Ronald Koeman has described Roberto Martínez as “a really good talker” who left him several problems to address at Everton this season.

Martínez was a guest of Sky’s Goals on Sunday programme last weekend when he claimed to have witnessed the same defensive frailties in Everton’s 6-3 defeat of Bournemouth that blighted his reign at Goodison Park. Koeman said he would reserve judgment until the end of the season on what Martínez left him but is bemused by the Belgium manager’s negative comments about an aspect of Everton’s game that has undeniably improved.

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John Stones: ‘I feel like there is a weight off my shoulders’

Central defender has thrived since his £47m move Manchester City and will be key to Sam Allardyce’s England against Slovakia on Sunday

If this is – as Sam Allardyce would like us to believe – the beginning of a brave new world for England’s beleaguered national team then it does not need long in the company of John Stones to realise he sees himself as central to it.

That new era begins on Sunday in the City Arena, Trnava, when England take on Slovakia in Allardyce’s first match in charge and Stones lines up in the defensive position that could conceivably be his for the next decade.

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