"He told us that we had big balls", "Courtois is not bad": The reactions of the Canadians after the loss against the Red Devils

Frustration. This is what inhabited the Canadian people this Wednesday evening after the lost match against Belgium. After a lot of effort and a few wasted opportunities, the Canadians came away empty-handed from a match where they deserved at least the split point.

After the game, John Herdman, Canada’s coach gathered his players to cheer them up. “He told us that we had big balls,” Samuel Piette told the RDS television channel.

“The numbers say we were a ruthless team, but just couldn’t find the back of the net,” analyzed the Canadian coach after the game. “The guys showed tonight that they belong here. We’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time, our fans made us feel like we were home tonight and I’m sure they came out on top. ‘here with our heads held high. We had two objectives tonight: to play without fear and to put on a show. We wanted to live certain moments and we didn’t know how to do it, but with a performance like this, the players can consider the next challenge without shaking. I’m proud, very proud of what they’ve done.”

Defender Steven Vitoria couldn’t hide his disappointment after the match: “It’s hard to take, that’s for sure. But we know that at this level, if we give half a chance, the other teams will take advantage of it. . But you have to see the glass half full. It’s not easy to do what we did tonight. It’s a blow that we had to take and I think we did it well . We continued to advance, we reacted well. We finished the match with 21 shots. But in a competition like this, a goal, a chance and you can win a match like that”, he.

“Phonzie carried the weight of a country on her shoulders”

One of Canada’s biggest regrets is undoubtedly this missed penalty, badly shot by Alphonso Davies and well saved by Thibaut Courtois. But Herman didn’t resent his star player: “I’m proud of ‘Phonzie’ for picking up the ball the way he did. It’s a big moment for any player. You carry the weight of a country on your shoulders, of 36 years of waiting. It takes a tough guy to accept that pressure the way he did. The fraternity did the rest, the guys supported him. When you have a guy worth 85 million on your team, with that much confidence and swag, you let him take the ball in those circumstances. It just wasn’t his night. And Courtois isn’t bad either, let’s not forget that.”

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