By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
Kevin de Bruyne has called for an insightful perspective after his team lost out in the nation’s league campaign, ending at the fourth position.
Belgium, having succumbed to a defeat in France’s hand, who came from behind to grab the three needed points to finals in a 3:2 final score, also lost out in their third place bid against Italy in a 2:1 defeat.
Although being ranked FIFA’s 1st choice team, they ended fourth position, and Kevin believes there’s still much for the team to do as regards playing against big teams.
“We did well at times against some top teams and had many new faces who did more than a decent job today,” he told Belgian publication HLN.
“It’s good experience for them to be able to play against opponents of this calibre, but unfortunately we lost twice.
“With all due respect, playing against Estonia is not the same thing and these challenges are necessary for us to grow, both as individuals and as a team.
“We are ‘just’ Belgium. It’s a new generation and we were missing Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard against Italy, so we have to be realistic about the team we have.
“Italy, France and Spain have 22 top players to choose from and we do not.”
Belgium is still toping their world cup qualifiers table with a 16 points clear as they prepare for their next game on November 13th.
“We cannot concede five goals in two games and we cannot concede two penalties, even if the decisions were not correct,” he said following the loss to Italy.
“But the way we reacted to going behind against Italy, after what had happened in the France game, I thought the team had a real strong personality to keep playing.”