Tottenham Hotspur ace Nacer Chadli reflects on difficult week

Tottenham's Nacer Chadli is looking forward to getting back on the field with Belgium.

Belgium is still reeling from the terror attacks in Brussels a week ago which left more than 30 dead and 270 injured.

The football team's friendly against Portugal was due to take place in the city, but has since been switched, with the Portuguese FA hosting.

Ahead of the match in Leira, Portugal, this evening, Tottenham Hotspur attacker Nacer Chadli reflected on a difficult week for all associated with his homeland.

He was quoted by Nieuwsblade speaking at the pre-game press conference. He said: "It is unfortunate that we could not do the match in Brussels, but it is better for safety.

"We need to do our fans a favour by going to win in Portugal and play well. Because of the events of the past few days we are extra motivated. It was a very difficult week for Belgium, we must now all recover."

Chadli displays a determined attitude, indicative of the mental strength of Marc Wilmots' side, keen to put the weight of the country on their shoulders and give the public reason to smile.

The 26-year-old, who once played an international match for Morocco, is expected to start the game with star man Kevin de Bruyne among those missing out through injury.

Chadli will be keen on a personal level to find some form ahead of a crucial phase of the season for Tottenham, but for now his top priority is the Red Devils.

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