The Red Devils secured the essence against Canada by winning their first match of this 2022 World Cup 1-0. At a press conference, national coach Roberto Martinez returned with regret to this victory.
“Technically it was our worst game in a major tournament. But it’s not so bad since we finally won. Winning when you play badly doesn’t just happen. We were a bit lucky, but we persevered and even got a clean sheet, especially thanks to the penalty saved by Thibaut Courtois. Roberto Martinez analyses.
The Spaniard also spoke about the performance of Canada and his substitutes: “I have a lot of respect for this Canadian team. They showed great dynamism, aggressiveness. They delivered a great game. Several elements were missing on our side. I want to note the impact of the players deployed, Amadou Onana and Thomas Meunier. They physically brought more. A game is not just eleven players, but sixteen. We adapted to the game and we found a way to earn the win. »
He then adds: “Am I shocked by our match? No. It’s a different competition format, you don’t have three weeks to prepare, you only have a few days. You have to take every opportunity, we did that tonight. Without really being ourselves, we won. A clean sheet against such a great team is a satisfaction. They all attack, they all defend. It’s impressive. »
Roberto Martinez then spoke about Kevin De Bruyne’s game: “We couldn’t find Kevin and that’s why he couldn’t find himself. He’s a winner. When you don’t play well, frustration surfaces. You have to be critical, understand things. We took three points, now we move on to the next game.”