Three years after the 2018 World Cup semi-final between France and Belgium marked by the elimination of the Red Devils (1-0), Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois admits that his reaction after the match was “exaggerated.”
In France, this label of a bad loser has stuck to his skin since 2018. With Thibaut Courtois, the expression “to have the seum” takes on its full meaning. Because it is an understatement to say that the Belgian goalkeeper has not digested at all the defeat in the semi-finals of the World Cup against the France team (1-1). Very annoyed, the doorman had pointed out the too defensive game according to him practiced by the players of Didier Deschamps: “France did not play, he had let go hot. She played to defend with eleven players at 40 meters of their goal. The frustration is there because we lose against a team which is not better than us, we lost against a team which does not play but which defends. It is a pity for football that Belgium does not have not won. “
“Of course my reaction was exaggerated”
Three years have passed since Samuel Umtiti’s header and the bitterness has fortunately dissipated. If the Real Madrid goalkeeper, author of a remarkable season, is often associated with this painful setback for Belgium, he admits that his criticisms were a little disproportionate. “Of course my reaction after the match was exaggerated, he confessed on Sunday in the Téléfoot show on TF1. But you are playing a World Cup semi-final for the first time in your life, you lose 1- 0, you are angry, you say: ‘No, we are not in the final!’ It’s not the seum, it’s more that you’re disappointed. Because I’m a winner and I want to win. “
While waiting for a possible revenge against the world champions at the Euro, Belgium is guaranteed to face the Blues on October 7 in the semifinals of the Nations League. Before that, Thibaut Courtois will aim for a place in the Champions League final with Real Madrid on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge for the semi-final return leg against Chelsea (live on RMC Sport 1).
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