Published on 11/24/2022 at 12:31
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IThere was electricity in the air Wednesday evening on the lawn of the Ahmad-ben-Ali stadium. A pool table on which the Belgians have lost their game… and their nerves. In particular Kevin De Bruyne who appeared particularly pissed off. Whether on himself but also on his teammates who took it for their rank. “With his status, he’s a boy who has to find solutions, even more than the others. And not to garland everyone wrongly and through, even if the situation annoys him, ”said José Jeunechamps, the former coach of Seraing, who was one of the guests this Thursday of the football talk show organized daily by Sudinfo throughout the World Cup.
“But that is also explained by his somewhat complicated character that he already had when he was very young,” notes Jean-François Remy, journalist and assistant coach of the Belgian U18s and U19s. “He’s the only guy who can come out of practice complaining that the level wasn’t good enough.”
“Already in Genk, when he arrived at 16 in the A nucleus, he went to the coach one day, telling him that things were not going well and that some were not moving enough, pointing to Elyaniv Barda who was the big star of the team at the time,” recalls Grégory Bayet, editor-in-chief of Rossel Sport.
Nevertheless, the attitude of the redhead of Tronchiennes, who notably took the beak on the ground with his teammate Toby Alderweireld, has something to ask questions. “Could it become at some point annoying for its partners”, asks Frédéric Larsimont, our special envoy to Qatar. “They have certainly always been a good group of friends but with De Bruyne a little apart, due to his very introverted behavior. He’s someone you have to get and it’s not always easy to manage for a coach. Being De Bruyne’s coach doesn’t always have to be easy!”
“De Bruyne grumbled, but I think it’s beneficial”
But in the end, why is the Belgian number 7 so out of its hinges? “In fact, we lived a bit the same scenario as the last Euro against Italy,” continues Frédéric Larsimont. “Martinez thought he would take the game on his own and placed De Bruyne close to his leading striker. But the Canadians pressed very high and he found himself a bit isolated. Wasn’t it necessary at a certain moment to bring him back down a notch on the chessboard, even if it meant bringing out Tielemans or Witsel? I think so. Tielemans was finally replaced … but by Onana.
What if, after all, the annoyance displayed by KDB was a good thing for the rest of the competition? This is what Michel Lecomte, freshly retired from RTBF, believes. “Martinez yelled at halftime. De Bruyne grumbled But I think it’s beneficial. This will provoke other explanations, other clarifications. This is how the group will grow. If the players had remained amorphous, that would have worried me.