The Red Devils start their World Cup on Wednesday against Canada. Their defeat against Egypt (1-2), Thursday in a friendly in Kuwait City, revived the debate on the fragility of their defense in the transition phases but also the management of depth. The Leicester defender, who wins on the right flank, but can also help out on the left, believes that the Belgians did not respect the instructions and that this oversight will allow them to be more vigilant during the test in Qatar.
“How did you experience the post-match against Egypt and the criticism that accompanied a period preceding the World Cup?
We haven’t looked at the comments too much. The important thing is to fix the two or three little things that caused problems during this match. And that it doesn’t happen anymore during the tournament. I prefer that it takes place now and not during the World Cup.
“We need to talk to each other a lot more. We missed it a lot against Egypt.
What issues are you talking about?
Communication. We need to talk a lot more. We missed that a lot against Egypt. The rest are positions. We weren’t in the right places. A bit everyone. That’s a problem. It gets more complicated.
Have you seen the second Egyptian goal you’ve been involved in?
I especially look at what I could have done better. We had the same phase (alignment of the offside line very high near the kick-off line) a few minutes after. I played offside and the opponent got caught. It’s especially dangerous to play it there. It is enough that the line is not perfect. Afterwards, it’s complicated especially if the pass is so short. You don’t have much time to react.
After the match, the coach expressed his dissatisfaction with the collective approach. Did he make you feel it?
He showed it to us during half-time. Afterwards, we did not talk about the match again. He wants to let us cogitate without him. Then he will bring his instructions.
“When you arrive at the stadium, with the supporters, you get back into the World Cup atmosphere”
You are very far from the center of Doha in your new hotel (90 km to the west, near the border with Saudi Arabia). Is it important to take a step back from the event?
I prefer that to having to travel 40 kilometers there and back to get to the training grounds every day. Here it is quieter. It leaves room for recovery, group life, tactical work. We are well sealed off.
Is it beneficial or do you regret it?
It can only be beneficial. It’s a great hotel. There is a place to watch the matches all together. When you arrive at the stadium, with the supporters, you get back into the World Cup atmosphere. But it’s important to take advantage of a few days to recover together between meetings.
Your accident during Euro 2021 (double fracture in the face against Russia in mid-June), is he forgotten?
When I see the images again, I don’t really have any regrets. I just want to make the most of this World Cup. I come back with greater motivation because I couldn’t finish my first big tournament with the national team. (he had to forfeit). I immediately remember asking the doc if I could continue. I had not seen my face at that time. I had experienced a lot of disappointment because I knew I was out of the game for the rest of the tournament. »