“They may be angry because other teams want a Super League, but they don’t care about the players, they only care about their pockets,” says Thibaut Courtois; Belgium were defeated 2-1 by Italy in the play-off for third place in the Nations League on Sunday
Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has accused soccer authorities of prioritizing income over player welfare in a damning assessment of the soccer world calendar.
Courtois, 29, spoke after his country lost 2-1 to European champions Italy in a play-off for third place in the UEFA Nations League on Sunday, a match he described as “useless. ” In the preparation.
Both countries made a number of changes to their starting line-ups since their respective semi-final losses in the middle of the week, and Belgium were unable to recall captain Eden Hazard and forward Romelu Lukaku due to muscle fatigue.
“This game is just a money game and we have to be honest about it,” Courtois said.
“We played it simply because for UEFA it is extra money.
“Look how much both teams [lineups] changed. If both teams had been in the final, there would be other players in the final playing.
“This just shows that we play too many games.”
Courtois, who plays his club football for Real Madrid, one of the clubs behind the failed Super League concept, also criticized FIFA’s proposals to host the World Cup finals every two years.
Plans to revise the international calendar have been devised by FIFA’s head of global development, Arsene Wenger, with the aim of having big tournaments every summer and fewer qualifying matches during the year.
UEFA has already voiced its opposition to the biennial finals together with fan groups.
“They [UEFA] made an extra trophy [UEFA Conference League] … it’s always the same,” he said.
“They may be angry because other teams want a Super League, but they don’t care about the players, they only care about their pockets.
“It’s a bad thing not to talk about the players. And now you hear about a European Championship and a World Cup every year, when will we rest? Never.”
Courtois said injuries would only become more frequent among players as the match schedule continued to grow.
“So in the end, the best players will get injured and injured and injured. It is something that should be much better and much more cared for,” added the two-time Premier League and La Liga winner.
“We are not robots! It’s just that there are more and more games and less rest for us and nobody cares about us.”
“Next year we have a World Cup in November, we have to play again until the end of June. We will get injured! Nobody cares about the players anymore.
“Three weeks of vacation is not enough for the players to continue for 12 months at the highest level. If we never say anything, it will always be the same.”