Thibaut Courtois : "Our adversaries have noted our flaws"

“We don’t have to change everything. We just have to improve on certain points. I know we can do it on all the negative points of the day. We haven’t become a bad team.” Arthur Theate sums up the overall thinking: don’t give in to panic, but certainly don’t tell yourself that you have to forget this failed friendly match against Egypt. The Devils are going in this direction and did not hesitate to point out their shortcomings after the match.

The second balloons

Roberto Martinez says they were second in all aspects of the game. We will mainly point to the second balls. A sort of monitor of a team’s warrior spirit. Egypt played a gala match, the knife between the teeth. Not Belgium.

“You have to win the second balls and play higher, said Carrasco. When we win the second balls, the team feels stronger. We didn’t win enough duels (45%). We need to address them better. But it’s also linked to the fact that we had to get back on our feet a bit.”

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The back of the defense

In the front row to analyze the faults of his team, Thibaut Courtois pointed to the eternal space left in the back of the defense. “It’s a good lesson, said the porter. We have to improve on several things. We got caught three or four times in the back. The teams that analyze us will have noted this defect. We will talk about it internally, we concede too many chances. There are concrete avenues to explore to improve this quickly.”

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Lack of respect for instructions

Axel Witsel spoke of problems in possession of the ball. “We didn’t stick to our positions well in the first half. The coach was precise before the match and we didn’t really follow certain instructions in possession of the ball. We also had to be more organized in our pressing. We have a there was little change in the second half of the match. These are small details but in the end, it allows the opponent to go on the counter, to have a few chances and to believe in it. We might not have lost if we had followed the instructions.

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