Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's faith in his Belgian stars has been somewhat flaky over the past year, with only one of four of them really shining.
Kevin de Bruyne he left in the reserves before selling to Wolfsburg, while Thibaut Courtois and Romelu Lukaku he judged not yet ready for the first team.
Only Eden Hazard did he continue to use in the first team, with the attacker repaying that faith with 14 Premier League goals and seven assists.
Mourinho has now given his view on Belgium's World Cup chances, and while he has not written them off, he believes there are limitations to their success, tipping Russia to win Group H.
He told Eurosport: "Belgium has talent, but I still see Russia group winners."
Beyond that it's doubtful he foresees Belgium going any further, as he has predicted Germany to win Group G ahead of his native Portugal, and set up a blockbuster second round clash between the two countries just like in 1994.
Elsewhere Mourinho picked England to progress from their group along with Italy, and chose Spain and Holland to emerge from theirs, describing new Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal as a 'friend'.
If Chelsea's loanees, Courtois and Lukaku, not to mention the now departed De Bruyne needed any extra motivation to succeed this summer, proving the 'Special One's prediction wrong may just be it.