Belgium vs Algeria: Wilmots, Kompany Keep it Low Key

Updated: 17 June 2014 16:38 IST

Belgium are in Group H with Algeria, Russia and South Korea. They have been dubbed the dark horses of the tournament and open their campaign against Algeria here Tuesday, reports EFE.

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Vincent Kompany Marc Wilmots

Belgiums coach Marc Wilmots (L) and Belgiums defender Vincent Kompany attend a press conference at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte.

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Coach Marc Wilmots and captain Vincent Kompany don't want to raise expectations from Belgium too high in the 2014 World Cup. (Also read: Belgium want Eden Hazard to shine vs Algeria)

Belgium are in Group H with Algeria, Russia and South Korea. They have been dubbed the dark horses of the tournament and open their campaign against Algeria here Tuesday, reports EFE.

Belgium are back in the World Cup after a 12-year absence and Wilmots said the Belgians are under no pressure to perform.

"The pressure is worse for Brazil, which is the host. Nobody expects us to do something important. It is a pleasure for me and the staff to represent 18 million Belgians in this great tournament", said Wilmots, who has played for Belgian in four World Cups.

Kompany, who plays for Manchester City, said Belgium's preparations for the game against Algeria have been perfect and they are confident of putting up a terrific display.

"I am happy and grateful not only for being the captain of the team but to represent my country," said Kompany, who will be playing his first World Cup match a decade after making his international debut.

Topics : Football
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