If he did not let many clues filter out on his base eleven against Russia, Roberto Martinez however let it be understood that his defense would probably not be the same from one game to another. “We need to have an overview of the three matches in the group stage. Three matches that we will play in eleven days. This will require taking several factors into consideration. Regarding the team that will be fielded this Saturday, we will take our decision tonight after the last training session. ” A statement that could suggest that a more fragile element, like Thomas Vermaelen, will not play all the meetings.
For his part, Thibaut Courtois confirmed that the Devils were not aiming “a quarter or a semi-final, but the final and the title. But of course other teams have the same ambition and if we have to be eliminated we will accept it more easily if it is by a more stronger than ours. ”
Real keeper also declares “not understanding why we are debating the fact that the team is too old. We have an ideal average age with all the experience required for a big tournament. I cannot hear people say that we are too old, It is not possible.”
Relive the Martinez and Courtois press conference: