How would you feel when you hear that a professional soccer player says that play against the newest champion of European championship for 3rd place of a competition is meaningless？maybe you will think that it’s so strange,but this is the refelction of Belgium goalkeeper Coutois when he kows that their team will face Italy in the UEFA Nations League third-place game,which will be held on October 10th.
UEFA Nations League is a competition created in 2018 by UEFA to replace the friendly match between European national team,the score of this competition won’t affect the result of World Cup European qualifier,but every nationl team have to take part in this competition when the schedule is made.For the team who gets the champion in this competion,it maybe an honor.but for those teams who has no opportunity to enter into final,forcing them to tale part in a third-place game maybe superfluous.Therefore,Coutouis complains about the third-place game when invited to an interview:”Saturday’s match against Italy is pointless,I don’t know why we have to play that match. I’ll take it as a friendly match.”
A player in European top-5 league have to attend nearly 40-60 games at least per season, will is full of strength and physical confrontation.So they are strongly eager to have a rest when their national team facing an opponent which is no so strong. But when players all have this requirement,who will consider what they require carefully?