Kevin De Bruyne said that Belgium was “too old” to win the FIFA World CupTM, but given their current form, they might not even make it to the knockout stage. Belgium’s aging stars grows
After his team’s shocking 2-0 loss to Morocco on Sunday afternoon, Kevin De Bruyne was not in the mood to talk.
In the lead-up to the match with the Atlas Lions, the Belgium midfielder had been the talk of the media and even social media when he said that Belgium had “no chance” of winning the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM because their players were “too old.” Belgium’s aging stars grows
The 26-man team that Roberto Martinez has taken to Qatar is on average 27.8 years old, which is better than the average age of the starting XI that Morocco fielded on Sunday, which was 29.9 years old. However, their performance on Sunday indicated a team on the decline, as it did against Canada in their fortunate opening victory.
Belgium is currently in a very bad spot in Group F. They are in third place, one point behind Morocco and Croatia. Their third match against Croatia on Thursday at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium will decide their fate. However, 33-year-old defender Toby Alderweireld believes that this talented generation is not yet over. Alderweireld commented on De Bruyne’s belief that age was now working against Belgium, saying, “The Morocco game came down to a couple of little details, but we played better than we did against Canada.”
He stated, “I think Kevin meant to say that we’re too old to be considered favorites, but it doesn’t really bother me.”I’m 33 years old, I’m fit, and I think I’ve prepared well. We have three points secured, and we will now face Croatia in the final. Jan Vertonghen, a teammate at center back, was less complimentary in his post-match remarks to the media, praising their performance all over the field. He insisted, “That ball should never go in.”We are fortunate the first time, but not anymore the second time.”
He went on to say, “There are a lot of thoughts going through my head that I better not say, or at least not outside the dressing rooms.”It is extremely frustrating. We got away with not playing well in the first game. Today, no. We did not, in my opinion, create any chances.”
In 2014 and 2018, Belgium won all three games in the group, but in their first two games in Qatar 2022, they managed just one goal and seven shots on goal. This is the fewest goals they have scored in a World Cup finals campaign since 1930 after two matches. World News Sports
A Moroccan viewpoint on the age banter, in the interim, came from Chart book Lion’s protector Nayef Aguerd who told FIFA+: “To tell you the truth, I see a team with many years of experience and players who have been together for a long time. We needed to do our absolute best to beat them.”
We will soon know whether that experience and expertise can prevent them from their first early exit since France 98.