Vandenbempt: "Annoying, Belgium needs the best De Bruyne at the European Championship"

Kevin De Bruyne suffered a broken nose and a fracture of his eye socket as a result of the collision with Antonio Rüdiger. “You immediately saw that it was serious when he lay down and stamped his legs,” says Peter Vandenbempt.

“He went off the field completely groggy and you could also see that his eye was swollen. I thought it was strange that he stayed there in the stands the whole time.”

“Such a head injury that has to heal is annoying. It was of course foreseen that he would only join the group in a week and a half, just about just before the start of the European Championship. But instead of having a relaxing holiday – mentally too – this is again a kind of rehabilitation period.”

“Kevin De Bruyne, apart from a few moments, was also not feeling well in the game. I had the impression that he was also lost in that system of Guardiola. If you have arrived at the moment of the crowning just before your 30th – the ultimate competition in which he would reinforce his candidacy for the Golden Ball – and you have to leave after such a blow from Rüdiger, then that is a deadly sin. .”

“I hope that, despite those breaks, we can count on the best Kevin De Bruyne again by the time the European Championship comes around, especially when it really starts to get tense. We still need him with the national team to get far. “

“Whether this will resonate with De Bruyne? I don’t think so. I think he is someone who can get over disappointments quite quickly. He will also realize that there are still opportunities for him, I think.”

“That’s how it goes in the life of a football player: you get over a disappointment and by the time the European Championship comes, there is already a new goal. That’s the beauty of the sport. You can quickly wash away one disappointment with another and the prospect of – who knows – a European title is also a plaster on the wound.”

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