After Belgium were held by Netherlands, coach Roberto Martinez insisted his side had plenty of depth.
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez played down concerns over his team’s depth after their 1-1 draw with Netherlands on Tuesday.
Martinez made five changes to his starting XI after a win over Switzerland and saw his side held in Brussels, ending their four-match winning streak.
But while the Spaniard said he had a core starting side, Martinez added that Belgium also had plenty of depth.
“We are a team that is trying to develop youngsters that we’re trying to give opportunities but we’ve got a very established starting XI,” he said.
“It’s not about the amount of players that you have, it’s about the way you work as a team, the way you perform as a team, and this team is keeping the same standards that we had at the World Cup.
“I wouldn’t say that we’ve got a lack of numbers, or a lack of replacements, no, not at all.”
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Martinez said his side’s performance dipped after they conceded in the 27th minute, although he was relatively pleased.
“Unfortunately, we gave a ball away that cost us the goal and that probably brought us some doubts, there was a different performance after the goal, but we didn’t give in,” he said.
“With a lot of changes we showed that we have a group of players who share the same mentality, and it’s where you build a team, around that mentality and that togetherness.”