Marc Wilmots was less than happy despite watching his Belgium side take themselves to the brink of booking a place at Euro 2016 with a hard-fought victory over Cyprus, and reserved scathing criticism for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Liverpool striker Christian Benteke, the Daily
The Reds forward was accused of given a “half performance” by his manager (via Express) – and so it was no surprise that he was hauled off at the break with his new club teammate Divock Origi taking his place – but Wilmots was even stronger in his assessment of Hazard’s performance in Nicosia, despite the fact that it was the current PFA Player of the Year that bagged the winner.
“He [Hazard] was the worst tonight,” he said.
“I thought about substituting him, but in the last 10 minutes he always has the ability to do that. At the World Cup, this was the case,” he added.
The pair’s poor performances for their country follows shaky starts to the new Premier League season for their respective clubs.
Hazard has been unable to prevent Jose Mourinho’s side only collecting four points from as many games, which has already left the champions eight points behind Manchester City.
And while Liverpool are faring a little better at this point, with just one defeat so far, the manner of that loss has drained a lot of the pre-season optimism from around Anfield.
However, they will be hoping that their country’s form kicks their seasons into life when they return to England.
The three points against a battling Cypriot side leaves Wilmots’ men on the verge of securing a place in France next year, as they now sit four points clear of Israel – who occupy the play-off spot – with two games to go, one of which is against minnows Andorra.