Devils … the holidays are over


Back to school has come. For Roberto Martinez and his staff, the time is to resume and reunion with his little devils. So what's new in the kingdom … of continuity (the trademark of the Spanish)? If we said … some new exciting.

No panic behind!

Continuity with always 28 players at hand. At the goalkeepers … exit Van Crombrugge. Casteels is him back from injury (compared to the last rally). He finds the usual quartet. In defense the infirmary announces "sold-out" with Kompany, Boyata, rumble especially. Circumstances that allow the return of a Jason Denayer rather attractive with Lyon and deserves a new chance. note that Dendoncker is integrated during the presentation as central defender and not middle. For the rest there was no doubt that the coach would select the "old branches" as Jan Vertonghen (despite his lack of play time in Tottenham) and Thomas Vermaelen (despite his Japanese remoteness).

Yari after Yuri

In the middle the wounds of Thorgan Hazard (even if selected) orAxel Witsel do not even flinch. It is true that the depth of the core is such that, in the face of the modest adversaries that await us, the announced packages do not make a lot of eyebrows. So why not play the young card. Yuri Tielemans, 22, convinced the coach for a long time. Her first appearance on the bench of the Devils Yuri celebrated her in June 2015 (a friendly against France). He was 18 years old. So, after Yuri, why would not Yari? Verschaeren, a phenomenon of precocity. Pro and essential pawn of Anderlecht at age 17, he played his first match at the big boys on November 25, 2018 (in St Trond) and 9 months later, the time of a birth without pain, he was integrated into the core of the Devils . And nobody is surprised. Rightly, the young Belgian pro of the year 2019 represents this wind of freshness always welcome. The kid from Saint Nicolas received his gift well before December 6th. No need for a toy hood, this Friday's selection deserves it. Solid on his feet and in his noggin, Verschaeren will not be a shooting star, Martinez understood it. As much to show him quickly what a constellation of stars looks like. A promotion to be savored with perhaps already some play time to scrounge. For Benito Ramanat 24, the opportunity is unique. It's up to him to take a chance at training.

On the attack?

And in front, Eden Hazard is captain. Will he be attacking? Nothing is less sure. But Martinez will not take any risk, just not to quarrel with the big Real. History to repatriate to the country his magician to let him know that even diminished, his presence on Belgian soil is essential. Romelu Lukaku feel better. Thanks for him. He has just found a new fiancée. She is Milanese and dresses in black and blue. All indications are that the top scorer of the Devils will soon become popular in northern Italy. Any benefit for the national team. Hoping that our number 2, Michy Batshuayi, find it also quickly shoe to his foot and his size. Anyway … we love when the Devils get together. They are back and they are hungry for qualification. That's good … we too!

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