Thomas Vermaelen the defender says Belgium will be disappointed deeply if they fail to win the World Cup. He said this during his first direct acknowledgement of the belief of the team in their ability to come out triumphant in Russia.
“We desperately want to get to the final and not just to be in the final, but to go on and win the match because if it doesn’t happen, then for us it will be a disappointment for forever. Our aim is to go on and win the final race.” This Vermaelen said in a news conference before the semi-final opposite France in St Petersburg.
“Of course, I believe in it, especially now when we find ourselves in the semi-finals and knocking out one of the top favorites. “During the match, we have shown that we can play attractive football, against Japan; we come back from some difficult moments. So, it would be bizarre to say we don’t believe.”
The victory of 2-1 over Brazil on Friday in the quarterfinal match followed a rousing come-from-behind win over the Japanese. In the match Belgium found themselves two goals behind and they were left with 30 minutes of play, but they managed to place the goal and won 3-2 in the round of 16. According to the Thomas Vermaelen, France will be tougher opponents than Brazil who is five-time world champions.
He said, “Before the World Cup, France was one of the favorites and they are playing their best. I think the game against France will be tougher than Brazil because of their individual quality”.