Tiktukno: summary of today's events in sports, 29.11 (Sport1)
Against the background of reports of tension in the dressing room of the Belgium national team, which worsened after the 2:0 loss to Morocco that put the Red Devils on the verge of being kicked out of the World Cup already in the group stage, local commentator Philip Yoss pointed out who he believes is to blame for the murky atmosphere between the players.
"A situation has arisen in which we do not find it strange that an indomitable goalkeeper concedes twice from the same free kick, and that a midfielder plays as if he is blindfolded," hinted the commentator to Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard.
Yos continued and pointed an accusing finger at coach Roberto Martinez: "It's all because the stars are pampered. The message you send when you put Aden Hazard in the lineup poisons the dressing room. If you're honest, you can't start with Hazard."
Remember, yesterday it was reported that in the Belgian camp there was a stormy confrontation between Hazard, Jan Vertonghen and Kevin de Brauna, and that the latter is not talking to Courtois, while the elder Hazard is in conflict with Trussard.
The goalkeeper's father, Thierry, denied the claims in an interview with the Belgian media: "These are nonsense."
Eden Hazard at a press conference of the Belgium national team (Photo: GettyImages, BRUNO FAHY/BELGA MAG/AFP)
Following those reports, today Eden Hazard and Courtois appeared at a press conference.
The original plan was for Arthur Tate and Yannick Carrasco to speak, but following the announcements about chaos in the locker room, the team decided to try and calm down.
"A lot of nonsense was written. Not much happened in the dressing room after the match against Morocco," Hazar clarified.
"Yesterday we had a good meeting that lasted about an hour, everyone said what they had to say. We are all broadcasting on the same wave. We decided that it is better for the veteran players to go to the media. I am not worried that the game against Croatia will be my last in the national team, we have enough talent to move up."
When asked about the alleged confrontation between Vertonghen and De Braun, the Real Madrid player laughed and replied: "I get along with Jan. When I said the defense was too slow, I was joking. I do that sometimes, that's who I am and my teammates know. Kevin just said we're older than - 2018, and that is indeed the case. I talked to him and he is the first to believe in this team, otherwise he wouldn't be here."
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Thibaut Courtois at a press conference of the Belgium national team (Photo: GettyImages, BRUNO FAHY/BELGA MAG/AFP)
Courtois continued in the same line: "There are no problems within the team. The announcements are meant to create a bad atmosphere, but we are determined to fight for a victory against Croatia on Thursday. I arrived first in the dressing room after the loss to Morocco, I was angry. I was there for 20 minutes and nothing happened. The problem is that there Too many lies, and in the age of social networks it goes from one to the other. No one shouted."
The goalkeeper added: "The biggest problem is when you read what was written on the networks or in the media. There is frustration when you lose, so it is good that we speak honestly among ourselves. What was said in the group meeting remains there. The problem is not if someone leaked, but if what was written is true. There were big lies, There is no point in looking for a leaker."
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