Wilmots wants more from Hazard in Argentina clash

Fri Jul 4, 2014 2:19pm EDT
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By Iain Rogers

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has taken Eden Hazard to one side to discuss how to get the best from the gifted but under-performing midfielder for Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against Argentina.

The 23-year-old Chelsea player undoubtedly has the talent but has yet to set the World Cup finals in Brazil alight as Belgium eased through Group H before dispatching the United States in a tight last-16 game.

Wilmots told a news conference ahead of the Argentina match he was pleased with Hazard's performances in an attacking position on the left and his partnership with full back Jan Vertonghen as well as his help in tracking back.

"I spoke to him last night about how he can improve and be even more effective, he is eager to learn to make progress with the team," Wilmots told reporters at the national stadium in Brasilia.

"I don't think he is lacking much," added the former Belgium midfielder.

"If you see what he has been working on for the last 12-18 months, he has been working on defense.

"He is on the left with Jan (Vertonghen) and we have improved a lot on this particular side.

"What exactly we discussed will remain between us but, hopefully, we will see it on the pitch tomorrow."   Continued...

Belgium's coach Marc Wilmots arrives for a news conference at the national stadium in Brasilia July 4, 2014, one day before their 2014 World Cup quarter-final soccer match against Argentina.  REUTERS/Dylan Martinez