Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne insists his team doesn’t have as many top players as Italy, France and Belgium, despite being ranked first in the world by FIFA. Either way
The Red Devils led France 2-0 in the Nations League semi-finals before ending in a 2-3 loss and in the third-placed final. They lost to Italy 1-2.
This is the first time since 2016 that Belgium have lost two matches in a row.
“We did a good job against top teams. And there are a lot of rookies who are doing well today,” De Bruyne said.
“It was a good experience for them to be able to play against an opponent of this caliber. But unfortunately we lost both games with respect, playing against Estonia is not the same. And these challenges will be for us to grow. both as an individual and as a team.”
Belgium may be ranked No. 1 in the world by FIFA, but De Bruyne remains skeptical of Belgium’s overall strength.
“With all due respect, we are Belgium, it’s the new generation. Today we miss Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard, so we have to speak the truth about our team.
“Italy, France and Spain have 22 top players to choose from, but we don’t have them.”
The No.1-ranked country was disappointed in last week’s UEFA Nations League finals, losing 3-2 in the semi-finals to France, then being beaten 2-1 by Italy in of the play-off for third place.
Roberto Martinez’s current squad are the so-called Belgian Golden Generation with De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Eden and Thorgan Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, but they have yet to win a major trophy.
Kevin De Bruyne (right) believes that Belgium does not have the wealth of talent that France, Italy and Spain have