Hazard, Kompany Reflects On Belgium’s Best-Ever World Cup

Eden Hazard and Vincent Kompany believe even brighter future beckons.

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Hazard and Kompany are two of Belgium's big name stars (Image: AFP/Getty)

Belgium captain, Eden Hazard and defender, Vincent Company, see a even brighter future ahead.

The Premier League duo have the consensus that beyond just their fine results, Belgium can derive additional satisfaction from the style in which they acquitted themselves.

Roberto Martinez’s side finished 3rd in Russia 2018 after beating England 2-0 in Saint Petersburg on Saturday.

The achievement earned them a first-ever podium finish at the global extravaganza.

The Diables Rouges made it six wins from seven games to conclude their Russian adventure on a high.

“We’ll be even stronger in two years’ time. It’ll go down as a successful World Cup for us, but I’m convinced that even better awaits us in the future,” Hazard says.

On his part, Kompany appeared determined to savour the present before turning his attention to the future.

“What a rush of emotions!” Kompany declares.

“We’ve come on in leaps and bounds recently thanks to a more effective method for preparing for matches. The results have been plain to see in Russia,” he says bullishly.

Will Kompany retire?

Kompany, 32, was coyer about the question of his own plans – something that is on everyone’s lips in Belgium: “I need some time to decide whether I’m going to keep playing for the Diables Rouges. It’s too important a decision to be made in the heat of the moment.”

27 year old Hazard was an inspirational figure for the competition’s leading scorers. He not only showcased his mesmeric dribbling skills in his every outing in Russia, but also led by example as skipper and helped himself to three goals along the way. All of that is a clearer indication of his personal progress, particularly given his more subdued performances four years ago in Brazil.

The Chelsea man claimed his third Budweiser Man of the Match award of the tournament in the England match.

France and Croatia meet tomorrow (Sunday) at the Luzhniki Stadium to know who becomes world champion.

 

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