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Day two at the World Cup in Qatar. The Red Devils send Youri Tielemans and Thomas Meunier for the press conference at 2.30 pm. When our northern neighbors are getting ready for their first match, the Belgians complete another training session (16 h). Follow the day of the Devils here.


  1. 15:03. End of press conference. Youri Tielemans thanks the press. The training of the Red Devils will follow in an hour.
  2. 15:02. Hans Vanaken has become an important player in the squad. He brings balance. The trainer has to decide how he sees his field occupation. Youri Tielemans.
  3. 14h 58. Risking No Penalties by One Love. “It is clear what happened. FIFA made a decision at the last minute,” Tielemans returns to the OneLove campaign. “I don’t think the players should be punished for statements. We don’t want to risk that. It’s a shame we can’t do the action, because it shared a nice message.” .
  4. 14:56. We have learned from our past mistakes and will do everything we can to improve our day. Youri Tielemans.
  5. 14:55. We have more experience than Canada, but a lot can be done in a first match. We are wary of an enthusiastic opponent. Hopefully it will be a pleasant viewing. Youri Tielemans.
  6. 14:53. World Cup no influence on any transfer. Last summer, a transfer was in the air for Tielemans. It didn’t come. Will the World Cup change that?  “Nothing changes for me, it’s still football. This World Cup doesn’t change my career or my life. I’m here to help my country. .
  7. 14h52. Favorite against Canada? “Our football philosophy is that we want to have the ball and create as many chances as possible. We don’t think about being favorites. We want to play football as well as possible.” .
  8. 14h51. It is normal that there is competition in every position, in my case from Onana. It’s up to me to show the national coach that I’m ready to play and deserve my place. Youri Tielemans.
  9. 14:48. Youri Tielemans regrets that the One Love promotion is off, but “we have to accept it”. .
  10. 2:48 PM. Thomas Meunier leaves the press conference. Youri Tielemans takes his place. .
  11. 14:46. There is enormous optimism in the Netherlands, but they are not yet world champions. Even in the press there is a positive vibe. That is a big difference with the Belgian media, which, in addition to their analyzes after Egypt, were also very critical. They play a role in the negative atmosphere around the team. Thomas Meunier.
  12. 2:44 pm. Lack of atmosphere in the stadiums? “The role of the twelfth man is very important, that has been proven time and time again,” says Meunier. “But it’s a world championship, so everyone always gives 100%.” .
  13. 14h42. I’m used to playing Bayern’s great left-back, Alphonso Davies. Canada has a lot of offensive talent. On paper we certainly have a good team, now it’s up to us to make the difference on the field. Thomas Meunier.
  14. 14:41. If I play, I will wear a mask for the first two games. We’ll see if we can make something more discreet. I do need the protection to go into the duels. Thomas Meunier.
  15. 14 hours 38. Response is too late. “I saw an interview with Eriksen. He wanted to continue the campaign,” says Meunier. “But where does it end with the sanctions? We are here to play football.” “The situation is very complicated. Not going to Qatar in advance was not an option now. If the union had suggested that, I would have accepted it.” .
  16. 14h37. What should we do if we start the match with yellow? As players, we must first and foremost concentrate on the sporting. We don’t have time to challenge the decision. Nothing will change either. We must now represent our nation on the field. Thomas Meunier.
  17. 14h34. “Smart” from FIFA to communicate now. “Once you get here, you can’t just protest without any permission. It’s too late now, we have to accept the decision.” “We will not wear the bracelet. Everyone knew the human rights situation in advance. It is smart of FIFA to wait until everyone was in the country before deciding.” .
  18. 14h33. I trained individually yesterday. Romelu Lukaku also finished that. Then I went to the hospital for a check-up, which went well. Thomas Meunier.
  19. 2:31 pm. Discussion One Love bracelet. “We didn’t talk about it for long. It’s a pity, we all know how things are here,” says Meunier. “In Qatar there is a big difference with our European culture. We will just have to accept that. Qatar and FIFA work together here and everything is decided very late. There is nothing we can do about that.” .
  20. 14:31. Thomas Meunier kicks off. .

Source: Sporza

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