EURO 2024: Tedesco’s first defeat: Better to lose another game

Domenico Tedesco suffered his first defeat as coach of the Belgian national football team in the opening match of the European Championship. “I knew beforehand that we would lose a game at some point. I would have preferred to have lost one of the last games,” said the German-Italian after the 0:1 defeat against outsiders Slovakia in Frankfurt.

The 38-year-old took over as coach of the Red Devils in February 2023. Despite the defeat, Tedesco stressed that he could not blame his team for much. “The only thing that wasn’t perfect were the missed opportunities.”

Striker Romelu Lukaku in particular cut an unfortunate figure. “I don’t have to cheer him up. He’s been here for many, many years and at the highest level,” said Tedesco after the attacker had wasted several promising opportunities. “He’s strong, he’s mentally strong, he’s strong in character.”

In addition, two of Lukaku’s goals were disallowed after video review – one for offside, the second due to a handball by Leipzig’s Loïs Openda before the supposed equaliser.

The opening defeat means the Belgians are under massive pressure in their second group match against league leaders Romania on Saturday (9 p.m.). But Tedesco sees no reason to be worried. “What I saw or felt makes me very, very positive,” said the former Bundesliga coach.

By Editor

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