When the Devils do not win, Roberto Martinez’s eye is usually black at the subsequent press conference. In Dublin on Saturday, there was mercy. Of a father who should not be angry after a disappointing report.
The coach admitted that there was “The good and the bad” Belgian side. But he liked to indulge in things he liked. “I liked the attitude of the players. I’m ashamed to stop the game at one point. We gave the ball carrier some solutions, we moved a little bit. We gave the public a good time and allowed the Irish to come back into the game. We were able to push.”
In general, Martinez does not like to talk too much about individual players, especially immediately after a game. But he was the one who delivered the best points for Mangala, who played in the final hour of the match at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. “On an individual level, O’Reilly surprised me a lot. During the match but throughout the week in training. He plays every game in the Bundesliga, it shows. His development is remarkable.”
Many players who did not have time to play at the club also faced difficulties. “We would have loved to have Alexis (Sailmakers) play for more than 45 minutes, but it was not possible. Jason (Diner) also struggled in the last ten minutes. We need to help him get on the national team to get the minutes of the game. I’m happy they did their job. “