Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has blamed their loss to Italy on individual mistakes.
The Red Devils were beaten 2-0 by Italy in their group opener at the ongoing European championship in France and he has been speaking about their poor start to the competition.
“We clearly made individual mistakes and the first goal put Italy in a good position. In the second half I wanted to be more attacking, which is why I took [Radja] Nainggolan off. I brought Dries Mertens on as I wanted to see more action on the left. [Romelu] Lukaku didn’t have a great night and [Kevin] De Bruyne can do better too, but now is not the time to talk about that. We need to club together to qualify for the last 16.”
Wilmots also spoke about Italy’s defensive and counter-attacking approach to the game, which he believes also contributed to their loss.
“[Leonardo Bonucci] played a 40-metre ball forward and we just had an error of communication, which really is not allowed at this level. I’m not sure if you saw the second half like I did, but they had ten men behind the ball and it’s hard to get through.
“If you make mistakes at this level, you pay dearly. But nothing is lost. We’ve got two games to reach the knockout stage, which is the aim when you are in the group, and that is what we are going to try to do.”