Belgium backs Robert Martínez

The Belgian Football Federation is «one hundred percent» with its coach, the Catalan Robert Martinez, but the Red Devils will have to «learn» after the two defeats that placed them in last place in the final four of the League of Nations.

«He is still the right man for the job,» Peter Bossaert, executive director of the Royal Belgian Union of Football Societies-Association (URBSFA), said in an interview with the daily Het Nieuwsblad.

Belgium fell in the semi-finals of the Nations League against France (2-3) despite starting with a 2-0 win and also lost in the match for third place against Italy (2-1). «We still support him 100%. But we have to learn from the game against France in which we played our best and our worst time in a long time,» Bossaert added.

The team of Robert Martínez, who signed a disappointing European Championship when they were eliminated in the quarterfinals against Italy, nevertheless maintains the number one ranking of FIFA and has in his pocket the qualification for the World Cup in Qatar next year.

The coach, who has been in charge of Belgium for five years and whose name has sounded in recent weeks as a possible replacement for Ronald Koeman on the Barcelona bench, did not want to comment on those rumors.