Wales national team boss Chris Coleman says that his team are not afraid of facing Belgium, who have been now ranked as the number two team in the world.
It was only five years ago when Belgium were as low as 57th in the FIFA rankings. However, this has been substantially improved in recent years and the team are now second best after an impressive run of form during the Euro 2016 qualifiers. Several Belgium stars like Eden Hazard disappointed during the World Cup but this did not prevent the national team from almost reaching the semifinals.
The Belgians will be providing a stern test towards Wales’ retaining their unbeaten run in the qualification campaign. After having tasted three wins and two draws out of the opening five matches, the national team will be feeling heavily confident of reaching the finals in France. This could be the year when Wales finally reach a major competition after several attempts. A loss against Belgium in the upcoming home match coupled with Israel taking three points from their game against Bosnia-Herzegovina could put to the table back in balance. However, Coleman says that his players will be approaching the match without fear of their opponents.
"We're not afraid.If you're going to do anything in football, if you're going to win a league or qualify in international football, you know you're going to be in a group where there are at least two extremely talented teams.Belgium are magnificent and there comes a time when you need to stand up to that challenge.We're against a top, top team, ranked second in the world, and they're there on merit. [But] there's no fear in our camp," said Coleman. It is understood that Chelsea star Eden Hazard will be captaining the Belgian team when they step out on the pitch against Wales.