Euro 2020: Roberto Martinez remains coy on future as Belgium boss after they crashed out to Italy


Roberto Martinez remains coy on his future as Belgium boss after they crashed out of Euro 2020… with Spaniard claiming Italy defeat is still ‘too raw’ to be discussing the ’emotional’ subject

Roberto Martinez avoided questions regarding his future as Belgium boss after seeing his side crash out of Euro 2020 at the quarter-final stage with a defeat by Italy.

Goals from Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne ensured Roberto Mancini’s men will face Spain at Wembley next week in the semi-final, with Romelu Lukaku’s penalty just before the break not enough to help the Red Devils salvage something.

Belgium’s defeat in Munich means the country’s golden generation will once again go without silverware, having made it to the last-four at the 2018 World Cup in Russia before falling to world champions France.

Roberto Martinez avoided questions regarding his future as Belgium boss after defeat by Italy

Roberto Martinez avoided questions regarding his future as Belgium boss after defeat by Italy

Belgium were defeated in Munich as their golden generation go without major silverware

Belgium were defeated in Munich as their golden generation go without major silverware

But asked about his future at the helm with the 2018 semi-finalists, the 47-year-old Spaniard insisted the defeat was still too raw for him to make a decision, and refused to be drawn into saying something ’emotional’. 

‘This is a moment where it is very difficult to speak about anything than the defeat,’ the former Wigan and Everton boss told a post-match press conference.

‘We are out of the Euros and at this moment it is too raw. I don’t want to say anything that could be emotional at the moment.

‘The feelings are sadness and disappointment because I don’t feel like these players need to be out of this tournament. 

‘The players did everything they could to get as far as we could. It was two very good teams in this knockout stage and the margins went to them.’

Romelu Lukaku (right) scored a penalty won by Jeremy Doku (left) but it was not enough

Romelu Lukaku (right) scored a penalty won by Jeremy Doku (left) but it was not enough

The Spanish manager refused to make any 'emotional' remarks about his future

The Spanish manager refused to make any ’emotional’ remarks about his future

Martinez took the Belgium job in August 2016, succeeding Marc Wilmots after the Euros that year in France.

The Spaniard however signed a contract in May last year to take him through until after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

As well as taking them to a World Cup semi-final, Martinez has taken The Red Devils to the top of the FIFA world rankings, with his side also winning all 10 games in qualifying for Euro 2020.

He then set the record for most Belgium wins in one spell as manager after topping Group B this summer, with 46 victories to his name.

A 47th victory came against Portugal, while the defeat by Roberto Mancini’s men is only one of five reverses he has suffered in the post. 

Martinez replaced Marc Wilmots (right) in 2016 and led Belgium to the World Cup semi-final

Martinez replaced Marc Wilmots (right) in 2016 and led Belgium to the World Cup semi-final