After the game, De Bruyne reveals his serious injury
In the quarter-finals against Italy, Kevin De Bruyne will conduct the Belgian game as usual. His strokes of genius may not be enough to win, but his performance is remarkable. Especially since he was seriously injured.
NAlso on the night after the frustrating European Championship against Italy, Belgium’s golden generation dispersed around the exhausted Kevin De Bruyne. After missing the semi-finals in Munich, the “Red Devils” boarded the plane to Charleroi, headed for their home base in Tubize for the last time and then disappeared in their limousines.
The allegedly golden generation around De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku failed against the masterful Italians (1: 2) on Friday evening again prematurely to their title goal. The world number one with his gifted children could not reach more than third place at the 2018 World Cup. “Football can sometimes be cruel,” stated national coach Roberto Martinez, who did not want to comment on his future at the moment of sadness.
“The disappointment is great,” admitted playmaker De Bruyne, who had great moments against the tactically brilliant Italians, but not the very big ones. “It’s been four or five crazy weeks for me personally,” said the Manchester City director. “First the injury in the Champions League final, then against Portugal. I really have to thank our medical staff, they went out of their way to let me play. Because actually it’s a miracle. “
De Bruyne plays with torn ligaments
De Bruyne experienced a true ride in hell. In the lost final of the premier class at the end of May, the 30-year-old suffered a broken nose and eye socket after a collision with the German national player Antonio Rüdiger from Chelsea FC.
Against the Portuguese on Sunday, ligaments tore in his left ankle, as he consecutively admitted after the second out in an EM quarter-finals. “Kevin De Bruyne has shown an incredible amount of dedication,” enthused Martinez. “He gave everything. That is the mentality of this team. “
De Bruyne himself did not want to dramatize his mission. He “felt responsible” for playing for his country: “It’s a shame that I couldn’t do more.” The former Bundesliga player couldn’t see the injury on the pitch, he stood on the pitch for the full 90 minutes.