Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Liverpool striker Christian Benteke have incurred the wrath of Belgium coach Marc Wilmots after their poor displays.
Wilmots singled out the pair after the win over Cyprus, even though Hazard ultimately scored a late goal that proved to be the winner to move them closer to Euro 2016 qualification.
“Hazard was the worst. 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,” he told reporters.
While the Belgians won both of their qualifiers during the international break, their coach wasn’t happy with the team in general and went on to explain why he substituted Benteke at half-time.
Wilmots said that the striker put in a “half-performance” and he needed to make a change as soon as possible in order to give his side the best possible chance of winning.
Both Hazard and Benteke haven’t reached their best form in the Premier League so far this season either, and perhaps the harsh words from their national coach will spur them into action when domestic matters resume this weekend.