Roberto Martínez: ‘If at some point I think I am not contributing, I will leave’

Roberto Martinez confirmed this Thursday that he will continue to lead the Belgian national team despite the elimination in the quarterfinals in the Eurocup.

“The national team is not a showcase for me. If at any time I feel that I can no longer contribute what I need to Belgian football, I will be the first to go.”he said at a press conference Martinez, who has been on the Belgian bench for five years and has a contract until after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Both the Belgian federation and the coach’s environment had guaranteed his continuity after the elimination of Belgium in the quarterfinals of the European Championship against Italy, which will play the final against England next Sunday. “We lost, so it’s normal to receive criticism. I wanted to make the best decisions for the team. There are also a lot of positives. We won 4 games in a row without reaching extra time, but I accept all the criticism. This group deserves better and, as I am in charge of this project, I assume the responsibilities “, he pointed.

Martinez He assured that the team is “disappointed” by the defeat, but assured that it is necessary to concentrate on the next qualifying matches for the World Cup and the League of Nations.

Belgium will face Estonia on September 2, to later face the Czech Republic (5) and Belarus (8) in the framework of the qualifying phase for the World Cup in Qatar, before receiving France as rival on October 7 in semi-finals in the Nations League, which are also disputed by Spain and Italy.