Kevin De Bruyne, who has played a starring role in Manchester City’s side this season after coming back from an injury-ridden campaign, recently blasted the Euro 2020 format in a post-match interview after his native Belgium beat Cyprus 6-1.
The Belgians qualified for Euro 2020 through finishing top of their qualifying group, beating the likes of Russia and Scotland to cement their place at the Championships next summer in a bid to take advantage of their golden generation and win a coveted international prize.
However, according to De Bruyne, the competition is already sucking the tension out of its group stage draw given the fact 12 cities throughout Europe will host games – with Wembley hosting the semi-final and final.
Judging by the format rules, Belgium already know who they are going to get – with Denmark and Russia looking like their Group B opponents due to the fact Ukraine and the Russians cannot play each other for geopolitical reasons.
Meanwhile, Belgium’s opponents will also have home advantage due to the fact they are both part of the 12 host nations.
De Bruyne, speaking to HLN Sport (via Daily Mail), labelled the competition a ‘disgrace’, stating:
“It’s a disgrace. For me this feels like competition distortion. Football has become more and more a business.”
As a result, City supporters had mixed reactions on social media, with a few confused about the format itself – and let’s face it, they aren’t the only ones:
Fine and a ban incoming
— Sagar (@sagarmcfc) November 20, 2019
I don’t particularly like the Euro 2020 format either, and yes it has “become more and more a business”, but you’re still going to take your £280,000 A WEEK I’m guessing.
— William Tomaney (@WTomaney) November 20, 2019
— Bestia S. Alexito (@LightningBS) November 20, 2019
What’s the format?
— Ashish (@cityzen_koomar) November 20, 2019
He has the guts to speak the truth.
— Avik (@Aavik17) November 20, 2019
What’s wrong with the format
— Captain (@saveaster123) November 20, 2019
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