Thibaut Courtois after Belgium-Canada: “Our hen is underestimated”



Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper Belgium after the 1-0 victory against Canadaon RTBF) “The first matches of a World Cup are often difficult and stressful. Look at Germany and Argentina (beaten by Japan and Saudi Arabia). And us, with not easy opening matches against Algeria in 2014 and Panama in 2018… Our pool is underestimated. There are four good teams. And we are in the lead.

With a victory in the next game (against Morocco, Sunday), we will be qualified. We were surprised by the pressure imposed by the Canadians. We didn’t think they would press so hard. They had the speed, strength and technique to hurt us. (On the penalty he stopped) I knew Davies always shot to the right (of the guardian). So I opted for this side. It’s the first time I’ve saved a penalty with the national team. »

Eden Hazard (captain of the Belgian selection, in the mixed zone after the victory): “We can do better but it’s always good to win the first match. We will progress together. The Canadians have good players, we knew it, we had made videos on them. Our first half in particular was not good, we were not present in the duels. The second half was better, we had more space too but once again we can do better. Personally I knew that I was not going to play the whole match. I would have stayed a little longer but I had given everything…”

“It’s not the best Belgium at the moment”

On why Belgium in turn gave up wearing a rainbow armband: “A lot of things have been said and written. I’m not comfortable talking about it, because I’m here to play football. We were banned from armbands. I didn’t want to start the match with a yellow card, and that’s why I didn’t wear it. I saw what the Germans did but they lost the game. They would have done better not to and win the game (smiles). »

Michy Batshuayi (Belgium striker and scorer, on RTBF): “It was not the best Belgium tonight (Wednesday). It’s not the best Belgium yet. I understand (the role of the media) which is to criticize. But there are positives, starting with the result. Although we should have scored more goals. Personally, I’m happy tofound the opening. It was a really good ball from Toby (Alderweireld). »



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