From Bruyne: "I played 90 minutes with a tear in the ligaments"

He has been at the center of questioning all week after his ankle injury suffered against Portugal. And he was not in full possession of his means this Friday. But that didn’t stop Kevin De Bruyne from being very lucid in his post-match analysis.

“We are disappointed to have lost this match after a difficult tournament, with everything that happened”, indicates the number 7 of the Red Devils. “There were my injuries, that of Axel Witsel, that of Eden Hazard, that of Timothy Castagne, too. It is undoubtedly a little too much to be 100% collectively. Personally, I can only say thank you to the medical staff who did a monstrous job to get me back on my feet. It’s amazing that I was able to play 90 minutes with a tear in my ligament. I did everything to be ready even though I was not at my best, we tried. ”


But it did not happen. Blame it on a great Italian team that deserves its victory. “I think the team fought to the end. Italy were better in the first half – they scored a fantastic goal after a mistake on our part – but we had more possession and created more chances in the second half. We could have equalized but we didn’t. It’s football and we came across a top class team. I think the supporters saw that we had given everything. Everyone is obviously disappointed and there will be angry people, but we are taking our responsibilities. The difference was made in the details. ”

This will still be the case in the next rounds: the Nations League then Qatar 2022. “We must not forget that we have been in the quarterfinals of the last four major tournaments that we have played. The young people will grow up and help us in the next tournaments. We will try to do better next time. ”


Before that, KDB especially wanted to rest and recover all of its physical faculties, after an end of the season marked by injuries. “I want to try to get my body in order because it hasn’t been for the past two months. This loss is hard to take but I tried to give my all for the team. ”

This was not enough, unfortunately.


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