Wilmots: Emotion should not matter

Marc Wilmots said emotion should not have been a factor for his Belgium outfit in the 2-1 loss to Portugal.

  • Published: , Refreshed:
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has refused to blame the emotion of the occasion for his side's performance in their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Portugal on Tuesday.

The international friendly, part of both sides' preparations for Euro 2016, had to be moved from Brussels to Portugal following the terrorist attacks on the Belgium capital earlier this month.

Nani opened the scoring after 20 minutes before Cristiano Ronaldo netted late in the first half.

The occasion was marked by a minute's silence before the game, while the players also wore special warm up kits bearing the message, "In memory of all victims Brussels, 22.03.2016".

But while Wilmots said he could not speak for the mental state of every player, he did not feel it should have been a factor in his team's performance.

"I'm not in the minds of players, but I do not think the emotional context explains our poor start to the game," he was quoted as saying by L'Equipe.

"[When the game starts], the minute of silence and hymns are behind us."

Wilmots said his side's problems were more widespread than just the defence and slammed the collective defensive effort.

"The problem was not just our defenders," he said. 

"We left running men in the middle, when we leave them running with the technical quality of our opponents tonight, we cannot defend properly. 

"We defend and attack together, I have not seen enough collective work in the first half.

"There was a reaction, [from] my defence in particular and it was much better in the second."

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.com.gh.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos





Top Articles

1 FIFA U-17 World These are the 16 countries to play in the round of 16...bullet
2 Ghana Premier League Results and scorers after match day 29bullet
3 La Liga This photo shows Ronaldo being arrested - this is what...bullet
4 Stunning Photos of 9 Black Stars players and their spousesbullet
5 What Now? This popular sports journalist vowed to go naked on...bullet
6 FIFA ranking Ghana maintain position in latest rankingbullet
7 Sexual Life Countryman Songo reveals his favourite sex positionbullet
8 Photos Here's a look inside Pep Guardiola's luxury...bullet
9 Ghana Premier League These 8 teams could be relegated on...bullet
10 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers This is the only way...bullet

Top Videos

1 Video All goals as Black Starlets beat India 4-0bullet
2 Messi Lionel Messi's hat-trick sends Argentina to Russiabullet
3 Video Watch highlights of Black Stars 0-3 victory at Saudi Arabiabullet
4 Watch Watch how Ghana defeated Niger 2-0 to reach finalbullet
5 Video Watch KP Boateng's goal shortlisted for Puskas Awardbullet
6 Video Ghana beat Brazil to win historic U-20 World Cupbullet
7 Video Watch Jordan Ayew's sublime goal for Swansea Citybullet
8 Video The pregnancy journey of Serena Williamsbullet
9 Video Attamah Laweh scores from powerful header against...bullet
10 Video Watch Ghana-Saudi Arabia international friendly livebullet

Football