Damaging Statistics Show How Poor Belgium’s De Bruyne Has Been at World Cup 2022

Damaging Statistics Show How Poor Belgium’s De Bruyne Has Been at World Cup 2022

  • Belgium playmaker Kevin De Bruyne is yet to find his stride at the ongoing World Cup in Qatar
  • De Bruyne has been roundly criticized for his poor showing as Belgium struggles to keep their World Cup hopes alive
  • This comes at a time when massive squad troubles have hit the 2018 semifinalists

Kevin De Bruyne is having a torrid tournament with Belgium at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The Manchester City midfielder was expected to pull the strings for his national side as the so-called golden generation attempted to win a major title.

Kevin De Bruyne, Belgium, World Cup
Kevin De Bruyne looks on during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group F match between Belgium and Morocco at Al Thumama Stadium on November 27, 2022, in Doha, Qatar. Photo by Manuel Reino Berengui.
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He was coming off a wonderful run of form with Manchester City, where he finished third in the Ballon d'Or rankings. He then quickly established a blistering partnership with Erling Haaland, which further stamped his authority as one of the best midfielders in the modern era.

So, what could possibly go wrong?

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Disparaging comments

The 31-year-old comments on the difference in the quality of the Belgian squad and the side he has at the club level came at a bad time. He made a brutal comparison between the level of players his national team and club have.

The Manchester City midfielder argued that he could not play the same way he does for his club as the players in the national team set-up are different.

No goal contribution

He was supposed to be their knight in shining armor but has so far failed to inspire the squad. He is yet to have a goal contribution and his passing, otherwise known to be magnificent, has been below par.

According to Football Factly, De Bruyne lost the ball 27 times against Morocco. The record in the 21st Century also belongs to De Bruyne when he lost the ball 28 times against France in 2018 as they bowed out in the semifinals.

The playmaker will have a chance to reaffirm his credentials when his side play Croatia in a do-or-die match despite all the negativity surrounding the squad.

De Bruyne's issue with Courtois

Sports Brief had earlier reported that New details are continuing to emerge over Belgium's uninspiring start at the 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign, as Roberto Martinez is struggling to maintain the squad.

Martinez has admitted that there are some issues within the squad, as the Red Devils will bow out if they lose to Croatia.

His big stars have clashed in the dressing room and have made controversial remarks to the media. One of the new findings indicates that the Manchester City and Real Madrid stars do not speak due to private reasons.

Source: Sports Brief News