The ‘Golden Generation’ of the Red Devils again missed a chance to win a prize in the Final Four of the Nations League. However, there seems to be no great disappointment with Kevin De Bruyne, who surprised with his statements after the lost consolation final against Italy (2-1).

Belgium lost to France in the semi-final on Friday. According to the star player, the defeats against the world and European champions are no disgrace. “With all due respect, we are only Belgium”, he tells VTM. “A new generation is coming and we are missing a lot of players today (Sunday, ed.). We have to be realistic with the team we have. Italy and France have 22 toppers, we don’t have that.”

De Bruyne himself started on the bench against the Italians, while Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard were missing. Partly because of this, the playmaker does not care about the result. “It doesn’t matter that we finished fourth in the Nations League. It’s important that a lot of people have played a game at this level. Against Estonia it’s nice and nice with all due respect, but this is the top of the top. You have to play these kinds of games to grow as a person and as a team.”

Belgium stranded in the quarterfinals of the European Championship this summer. Next year, the ‘Golden Generation’ may have its last chance at a medal during the World Cup in Qatar.

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