Football battles in Europe are not always between heavyweights. Teams without any winning history can jump into the limelight with an unexpected victory. Denmark in 1992 and Greece in 1994 are great examples of such a situation. Going by the talent, the Belgian football team has a high chance to make the final this time. The Red Devils have produced marvels of football from time to time. But despite this very fact, they have not performed well in knockout stages of tournaments. The last time Belgium was in the semifinals was in the year 1980. Unluckily though, they did not emerge as the winners. They ended up being runners up. This was perhaps their best performance.
One Grand Football Battle At Euro 2016- Wales Vs. Belgium
Belgian team will now be facing a determined team in Wales that plays tactically smart football. The Wales team, collectively called “Bales” , has been training hard at Dinard. With this match, Gareth Bale is looking eager to earn something for his motherland. The Belgian players have adapted well to the new formation. Belgium is just two more wins away from the finals. Practically, two more wins will pave their way to the finals without facing any former champion in the knockout stage.
Wales vs. Belgium match will be a contest or match of contrasting styles. Mark Wilmots’ 4-3-2-1 formation (attacking) vs. Chris Coleman’s 3-5-2. Wing backs Neil Taylor and Chris Gunter have participated in attacks and restricted opponent team’s wing play. In such a formation, these two positions must be at their best display like Italy’s Matteo Darmian and Antonio Candreva have been. William’s injury is a major concern for Wales. The role played by their captain is a vital one at the centre of the back 3. Hence Coleman has to be ready with more options. Bale’s play has been an inspiration for many. With vicious crosses and ball like speed, he is one dangerous player and if given requisite space, he will break through any defence.
The Belgian play is a very common and systemmatic one
It generally follows one specific pattern. They usually play with a jam packed midfield that mainly controls the game. Two players in front of the back four start the main proceedings with Eden Hazar and Kevin De Bruyne taking the onus of creating chances. Eden played amazingly well in the last match after an indifferent bout with Chelsea. There are a number of players who are ready to have a crack at goal. This makes them extremely versatile in attack.
Football is mainly about how you attack
But at this time of competition, football has a lot to do with how well you defend. That is where Belgium has a break in its solidity. Belgium is a little weak in this area, especially after the suspension of Thomas Vermaelen. He was an assured presence at the left stopper in Brazil as well as France. This situation was about two years ago. Belgium also has to remember that it was defeated by Italy when it deployed the similar 3-5-2 system. Anyway, formations do not determine the outcome of any match. It does not ensure victory. Belgium start favorites because Wales is not as talented as Italy.
How Hazard manages to operate down the left and combine with Bruyne in the middle of the field will be the key attraction of this match. How players of both the teams- Belgium and Wales- motivate themselves for the battle will also be a good display. It will be one interesting and close match to watch. There are great chances of Wales victory as Belgian defence is weak. However, one should not underestimate his enemies.