Belgium coach Marc Wilmots thanks the bench once more

Belgium’s coach Marc Wilmots once again paid tribute to the efforts of his substitutes in the aftermath of the 1-0 win over South Korea that sets up a tie with the United States in Salvador on Tuesday.

“I told the players beforehand we could make some nice history (by winning three games out of three in the group unlike in 1990 and 1994). We didn’t do that in my time and certainly not with ten men against eleven. You saw again today that the bench is very strong. Everyone who comes in gives 100% for Belgium and that’s the nicest thing about today. There’s also the victory of course but the manner in which we fought, the winning mentality…I think it’s deserved,” he told VRT after the game.

“We made the right changes at the right time with the pace of Chadli and Origi. (We played) with two lines of four and one up front. Of course, they (South Korea) have to come at us and then they leave spaces, which we took full advantage of.”

Lille striker Divock Origi has been linked with a move to Liverpool and he was unsurprisingly in good spirits after a third consecutive match in which he has made a positive impact off the bench:

“I just tried to give everything for the team and do well coming on. I am pleased that everything has gone well and am of course happy with Jan’s goal. Of course I feel pressure as it’s a tournament but it has a positive effect on me. I just try to enjoy myself on the pitch and to help the team. The coach told me beforehand that I wouldn’t be starting. He makes his choices as I said before but I was happy to get some playing time,” he told Peter Vandenbempt on VRT.


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