Belgium continued their excellent start to the 2018 World Cup with a 5-2 win against Tunisia on Saturday.
Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard both bagged braces as Roberto Martinez’s side made it two wins from two.
Belgium have failed to live up to their tag as dark horses in previous years but now it seems as though they are truly ready to contend.
They are arguably playing the best football of any team in the tournament so far, although Panama and Tunisia was a relatively simple start
We will get a better idea of how this Belgium side stacks up when they face England next week.
But for now, everything is rosy in the Red Devils camp.
Lukaku, Hazard and De Bruyne have been incredible so far; Martinez has finally learned how to get these individual superstars to play as a team.
Lampard on Batshuayi
It was an interesting afternoon for Michy Batshuayi, who came on in the 68th minute.
The Chelsea striker had six shots - more shots than any other player during match - and managed to convert one of them.
It’s positive for Belgium that Batshuayi was getting into positions to score but Frank Lampard believes his misfortune could be a sign that he’s trying too hard.
“He looks to me… I’ve been watching for Chelsea and he looks really, really hungry to score goals and that’s a good thing, I’ll never take that away from any one,” Lampard said.
“But there’s almost a sense that when you become so hungry, you almost try too hard.
“He’s making big connections - that first one where he hit the bar, he made a big connection. He didn’t need that.
“But he scored the hardest one of all. That half volley finish is a really difficult skill.”
It’s hard not to get excited about Belgium in this tournament.
They are sound in defence but it’s going forward where they really flourish.
De Bruyne has a case to be the finest midfielder in the world and Hazard is unplayable on his day.
Meanwhile, Belgium will be impossible to stop if Lukaku has his shooting boots on.
Frank Lampard noted the confidence that Lukaku is playing with after the match.
He’s already scored four goals at the tournament, level with Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the goalscoring rankings in Russia.
Perhaps the best thing for Martinez is that in Batshuayi, he has a backup striker who is putting pressure on Lukaku.
The Chelsea forward has netting two goals from off the bench and Lukaku will know that he has to keep scoring.
In a tournament where there have been few standout performers, it’s hard to ignore Belgium right now.