Belgium playmaker Kevin De Bruyne revealed on Friday that he needed to control his emotions at the World Cup, after losing his temper several times in his team’s opening match, but said his emotions sometimes got the better of him.
De Bruyne, 31, waved his arms in frustration at coach Roberto Martinez in the first half of his team’s opening Group F World Cup match, with Canada dominating midfield.
He did not celebrate when team mate Michy Batshuayi scored from a counter-attack to lead Belgium to an unconvincing 1-0 win against Canada on Wednesday. He also exchanged angry gestures with his team mate Toby Alderweireld during the match in which Belgium, second in the FIFA rankings, did not perform at the expected level.
De Bruyne said in a press conference at the national team camp on Friday, two days before facing Morocco, “I know that my reactions are not always good. I also look for moments after that to find peace, but people know that it is my way to help the team play better and come out with the best possible result. But of course, “I also have to learn to express myself better. From time to time I get emotional, but that’s part of the game.”