Eden Hazard and his Chelsea colleagues, Thibaut Courtois and Michy Batshuayi, face their next World Cup challenge today when Belgium play Tunisia in the first of Saturday’s three games.
They currently top their group on goal difference from England after beating Panama first time out, so stand on the threshold of smooth qualification for the next stage.
Belgium skipper Hazard has reflected on the start of the campaign when speaking to his nation’s press.
‘People expect a lot but we have seen during this World Cup, except for the first match involving Russia, that almost all the matches have been won with either a one or two-goal difference,’ Hazard said.
‘We won 3-0 [against Panama] so that's not bad. Everyone always expects a lot from Belgium, that we always play perfect football, that we have 80 per cent possession, that we have 50 shots at goal and score 40 times, but it doesn't work like that.
‘Sometimes you have difficult matches and you only win 1-0,’ he pointed out. ‘The most important thing is that we win our games. We have so much talent in the squad that it's not surprising people expect a lot.’
Toni Rudiger is the other Chelsea player who may be involved today at the World Cup. Germany, who lost their opener to Mexico, take on Sweden in the third of the day’s games.