Belgium boss criticises Hazard and Benteke

Date published: Monday 7th September 2015 8:46

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots watched his side edge closer to Euro 2016 and then heavily criticised Eden Hazard and Christian Benteke.

Belgium may have beaten Cyprus 1-0 with a late Hazard goal but coach Wilmots admits he was close to substituting the Chelsea man, who has had a poor start to the season with his club.

He also singled out Liverpool striker Christian Benteke for criticism after replacing him with his Liverpool teammate Divock Origi at half-time.

Wilmots said: “He (Hazard) was the worst tonight. I thought about substituting him, but in the last 10 minutes he always has the ability to do that. At the World Cup, this was the case. I obviously expect more from him, but he will grow as the season progresses.

“We won two games in a row but this is the poorest team performance I have seen and we will try to rectify the issue.”

Asked why Benteke was substituted at half-time, the Belgium coach said the striker had put in a “half-performance”.

Nine of Belgium’s starting XI against Cyprus are Premier League players.

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