Hazard and Courtois harshly criticized the game in France: “They are the anti-football”
Belgium fell to France for the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The French side won 1-0 with Umtiti’s goal and will play its third World Cup final in 20 years. At the end of the game that took place in St. Petersburg, two of the top Belgian figures spoke to the press and criticized the French game.
“I prefer to lose with this Belgium, than to win with that France”, shot Eden Hazard , one of the best players in the World Cup. He added: “I’m disappointed, we deserved more … France played all the time the same: defending, but it worked for them” .
Also, the Chelsea footballer was proud of what his team offered: “We show Belgium what we can do, as a captain of this group, I must be satisfied with what we have achieved, I think we were the best team in this Cup. of the World “ .
For his part, Thibaut Courtois , in dialogue with RTBF , shot: “France played the anti-football , they are not better, it is frustrating to lose against a team that does not play anything and has defended with eleven players 40 meters from their goal” .
“His striker was always 30 meters from the goal, something I have never experienced with Chelsea, I would have preferred to have lost to Brazil, a team that dares to play football and could be better than us, France is not , and that’s why this defeat tastes very bad, they just have a lot of power and have made a difference once, “he said.
And he recalled the previous match of France: “Against Uruguay (in the quarterfinals) they scored a goal on set pieces and another one because of an error by the goalkeeper, today it is from a corner, it is football, each one plays with his qualities. the football that Belgium has not won today. “
The criticism of the goalkeeper was also directed towards the Uruguayan referee, Andrés Cunha : “He did not whistle at all, the French lost too much time and made a serious mistake in the absence of Hazard on the edge of the area.” However, Courtois acknowledged that “in the first 25 minutes we were too anxious” and that they had a lot of respect “at the speed” of Mbappé .