De Bruyne: Belgium a tough opponent, but not favorites at Euros

Belgian captain Kevin De Bruyne downplays his team's chances of winning the 2024 European Championship but warns opponents that they won't be an easy out. De Bruyne, who will earn his 100th cap in an ..

De Bruyne: Belgium a tough opponent, but not favorites at Euros

Belgium captain Kevin De Bruyne stated on Tuesday that while his team isn't among the favorites to win the 2024 European Championship in Germany, they won't be an easy opponent for anyone.

The playmaker didn't make any bold predictions about Belgium's progress in the tournament, which kicks off next week, but he feels optimistic about their chances.

"I don't think we are among the favorites for the title, but I do think there are a lot of teams who won't be eager to face us," De Bruyne said at a press conference.

Belgium, drawn in Group E alongside Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine, will begin their preparations on Wednesday with a friendly against Montenegro in Brussels.

De Bruyne, 32, who will earn his 100th cap tomorrow, expressed pride in his achievement.

"I've played against many great teams and in all the big tournaments, like the World Cup and the European Championship. We've had some good moments as a team in those tournaments," the Manchester City midfielder said.

"I could have played a lot more, but I've had some injuries during my international career. But I'm very happy to be playing my 100th game, especially at home in front of our fans."

Belgium will play Luxembourg in Brussels next Saturday before heading to Germany.

"If we can get into our rhythm in the next two friendlies, that will be a boost for us. We have to look to play well, score some goals and create a lot of good moments," De Bruyne added.

"Maybe it will also be important to have some difficulties so we can prepare better for the European Championship."

De Bruyne said he remains hungry to continue performing at the highest level without slowing down, telling reporters, "When that hunger goes, you won't see me here talking to you anymore."

He also said he is fully fit despite doubts about his physical condition before the end of his season with Manchester City. De Bruyne missed the first half of the season with a hamstring injury.

"I feel good," he said. "I hope to have the right energy to have a good tournament."



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