Thursday 22 March 2018

'We respect Ireland'

Belgium's Divock Origi. Photo: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Belgium's Divock Origi. Photo: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach News desk

Belgium can not afford any mistakes against Ireland in their second Group E match on Saturday if they are to make up for the disappointment of their opening loss to Italy, striker Divock Origi has said.

"We have to be ready for the next game. We know it will be tough because we have a lot of respect for Ireland and we'll have to look at how we play the game tactically," Origi told reporters in France.

"It's going to be an important game for us. We have to be ready. After the loss against Italy, we're obviously disappointed but we know that Ireland are a good team and we'll have to be at 100pc to beat them, that's for sure."

Defender Jan Vertonghen said: "We're in a very difficult position now, there's a lot of pressure on us. Most of all we need to make sure we take our chances. It hurts when you don't. I'm sure we have a squad that can cope. We will be ready."

Irish Independent

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