Euro 2020 Profile Belgium
The top-ranked team in the world have one aim and that is to win the tournament. The Golden Generation reached the World Cup Semi-finals and would want to go at least one step further to justify the Golden Generation tag. Anything less than a final appearance would be considered as a failure.
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Club Brugge) and Matz Sels (Strasbourg)
Defenders: Toby Alderweirld (Tottenham Hotspurs), Dedryck Boyata (Hertha Berlin), Jason Denayer (Lyon), Thomas Vermaelen (Vissel Kobe), Jan Vertonghen (Benfica)
Wing Backs: Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Timothy Castagne (Leicester City), Nacer Chadli (Istanbul Basaksehir), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Dortmund), Thomas Meunier (Borussia Dortmund)
Midfielders: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Leander
Dendoncker (Wolverhampton), Dennis Praet (Leicester City), Youri Tielemans (Leicester City), Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge), Axel Witsel (Borussia Dortmund)
Forwards: Jeremy Doku (Stade Rennes), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Leandro Trossard (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Strikers: Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), Romelu Lukaku (Inter)
No of Matchwinners
Belgium have in their ranks a destructive forward line who if click are capable of destroying any defence. Lukaku is a man reborn in Italy while De Bruyne enjoyed another stellar campaign with Manchester City. If that’s not enough the opposition also has to contend with Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens and the tricky Yannick Carrasco. The emergence of Youri Tielemans gives the Red Devils more flexibility and quality in the midfield.
Belgium’s defence is not leaky, in fact they conceded the joint lowest 3 goals in Euro 2020
qualifying. However, the concern for Roberto Martinez is that Jan Vertonghen is 34 years now and does not have the mobility he once used to have. Alderweirld also had a mixed season, while Lyon’s Jason Denayer is yet to fully convince. Also, first choice defensive midfielder Alex Witsel is returning after a long-term injury and there are concerns, he may not be fully match fit.