Italy expose Belgium's golden generation as just a team of individuals

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After a poor performance against an ageing Italian side, people must be wondering whether the current crop of Belgium players described as 'the golden generation' are in fact just a team of individuals.

The current crop of players has superstars from front to back, starting with Thibaut Courtois in goal who made some not only important but very impressive saves to keep his team in the match.

In defence, they have the likes of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, the latter of whom was caught napping and let Emanuele Giaccherini slip through to score the Italians' first goal, the scorer - a player judged as not good enough to play for a Sunderland side who spent the season fighting relegation.


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In midfield, you have Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Marouane Fellaini. Hazard, after a very poor season with Chelsea, didn't score a league goal until the end of April has been handed the captain's armband in the absence of the injured Vincent Kompany.

The Chelsea ace was probably one of Belgium's more positive players in the game against Italy, however, he was still unable to make anything happen. De Bruyne by his standards, also had a poor game and didn't really create much for his team. Fellaini also had a poor game, starting in the number ten role before falling back into a deeper role later on, he had little impact on the game in either position.

Up front, they played Romelu Lukaku, arguably one of the worst players on the pitch last night. He had a good season with Everton and the talk is that he will leave Goodison Park this summer as he seeks Champions League football, however his movement off the ball must improve if the game against Italy has anything to go by.

The striker only had one clear cut chance and a player of his quality should have taken the chance but instead fired his shot wide of the post.

Belgium are ranked number two in the world by FIFA which makes them the highest ranked team in the competition. They are not, however, the favourites and remain behind the likes of France, Germany and Spain as expected frontrunners.

They still have group games against Sweden and Republic of Ireland which will be by no means certain victories but they will need to win at least one to have a chance of qualifying for the round of 16.

Their opponents from last night that beat them is possibly the worst Italian team from the last 10-20 years nevertheless, they played and more importantly, defended as a team which is something the Belgians struggle to do.

When looking at the current Belgium squad on paper they have one of the best teams in the competition but it appears that Marc Wilmots has a lot of work to do to get the best out of all of the individual superstars and improve the chemistry of the team if the so called golden generation of Belgian football are to achieve the success expected from them.

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