Marc Wilmots: Belgium shouldn’t have been beaten
Belgian manager Marc Wilmots was less than complimentary towards Argentina, who knocked de Rode Duivels out of the World Cup after a 1-0 win in Brasilia.
“We didn’t play badly at all but we paid the price for one of our rare errors (Kompany giving the ball away). Argentina played well at the beginning but not subsequently. Our opponents hardly threatened our goal apart from Messi at the end of the game,” he told RTBF.
“We played against a team who didn’t want to play football. The Argentines are crafty, they waste time. The throw-ins took up half-an-hour. We didn’t see beautiful play on their part. They have an extraordinary player (in Messi) but apart from that we were better. We tried everything, especially by putting van Buyten up front. It didn’t work. Perhaps we could have been smarter.
“It’s normal to be disappointed as we have been knocked out. We will look at the positives. We shouldn’t have been beaten for everything we have done during this tournament. However, we have to stay positive and keep our heads held high.
Captain Vincent Kompany echoed some of his manager’s thoughts and also looked ahead to the bright future many believe lies in wait for this group of players.
“Every story has an ending. That could have been in two weeks from now or today. We gave it our best and that’s the most important,” he told VRT.
“For me we were the better team today. We were better collectively. We were well organised but Argentina are dangerous with individual pieces of play. It was a very nice goal. Losing the ball happens 10,000 times in a game. We paid dearly for losing it once.
“This is football. It was an especially wonderful adventure. We mustn’t forget that we are the youngest team at the World Cup. Maybe in four years’ time in Russia we will have more luck and more experience.