Roberto Martinez aligns Alderweireld, Boyata and Vermaelen in defense


(Belga) Roberto Martinez has decided to trust Toby Alderweireld, Dedryck Boyata and Thomas Vermaelen to occupy the three central posts of the Red Devils' rearguard on Saturday against Russia. At the Krestovski Stadium, the national team could make sure to finish first in Group I qualifying for the Euro by taking a minimum of one point in the duel of the 9th day.

With the injury absences of Jan Vertonghen, Vincent Kompany and Thomas Meunier, the Spaniard was orphaned by historical members of his rearguard. In front of the irremovable Thibaut Courtois, it is therefore Alderweireld, Boyata and Vermaelen who will start the meeting. The uncertainty hovered around Vermaelen, just recovered from a physical glitch. In the midfield, Martinez has relied on Thorgan Hazard and Timothy Castagne to pace the flanks as Axel Witsel and Kevin De Bruyne take the lead. In front, captain Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens will feed Romelu Lukaku, top scorer in the history of the national team (51 goals). Belgium, which has not conceded a single goal for seven games and a 3-1 victory against Russia on March 21 on the first day, plays with Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard in concert, a first since the month of June. (Belga)

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