Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez says his players are disappointed by the World Cup semi final loss to France making it difficult to refocus for the third and fourth place playoff.
Martinez evaded the question about his future following the defeat saying his main priority is finishing the tournament before dwelling on his future.
Belgium dominated the play but Samuel Umtiti 51st minute header was the difference leaving Belgium to rue missed chances.
speaking to journalists after the match, Martinez said it was disappointing to be at the losing end of a match they dominated.
“The disappointment is huge… It’s a very sad dressing room right now,” he said. “I don’t want any of my players to be frustrated and disappointed.
“It’s a difficult emotion to manage. You’re disappointed because you lose the semi-final, and it’s very difficult to see the opportunity of playing another game as a positive.
“We need to regroup and recover and see the opportunity. To try to finish third in the World Cup doesn’t happen often. The only time it happened in Belgian football was in 1986, when we finished fourth.”
“We need to understand it’s an important game, but I accept it’s very difficult after a game with the emotions we had today. When you had the ambition of getting to the final, it’s tough individually and collectively to prepare for the next game.”
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