GdS: De Ketelaere shows signs of confidence for Belgium with big hand in goal

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are hoping that Charles De Ketelaere could finally emerge from his difficulties towards the end of the season, and there were some signs of life in Belgium’s game last night.

La Gazzetta dello Sport write how De Ketelaere has been the subject of criticism over and over again from August to the present day, because he has no goals in 31 games despite costing over €30m and having scored 18 times for Club Brugge last year.

A period of acclimatisation is natural, but with the national team some shoots of recovery began to emerge as Belgium beat Germany 3-2 in Köln last night. De Ketelaere came on 20 minutes from the end in place of Romelu Lukaku and had a big hand in Kevin De Bruyne’s goal to make it 3-1.

The playmaker received the ball with his back to goal, down the left, controlled it and then launched Trossard onto the wing, who squared for De Bruyne to score. The Milan fans enjoyed it, so much so that the video of the goal immediately started circulating on social networks.

The playmaker spoke during the break for the national team about his difficulties at Milan so far but he also reiterated his feeling that he has improved a lot in the last month, and perhaps now we will begin to see it.

The numbers say that CDK has amassed only one assist in 31 games across all competitions and his last start was during the 2-1 defeat to Fiorentina on March 4. Since then it has been fragments of games off the bench, but Tedesco’s confidence in him and his exploits for the national team could light a spark.

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  1. De Ketelaere is a smart player. The problem is that Milan doens’t know how to play him. He played very well against Fiorentina, but nobody noticed. They did a rewatch of the game in Belgian media and it showed that he played really good. The rest of the team wasn’t on the same level. But the other players don’t see it and don’t understand it. He started the season in a great way and scored twice but both goals were cancelled by VAR but it had nothing to do with him. He gave Tonali the game winning pass against Atalanta but Sandro missed. I hope he will be integrated soon.

    1. If you can point out every detail of what he did right, that means he didn’t do enough. How many times did Kaka do something great? You can’t point it out because it’s too many. Hoe many times did Giroud could not convert a great opportunity into goal? You can’t because it’s too many.
      If you can remember every single detail of what he did. Man, that means he did a little

      1. That is what ‘examples’ are called. The thing is he spent most of the time on the bench after that. When he did play, people say it wasn’t good enough, but my point is that the team doens’t understand how he plays. Theo literally gives 0 passes to CDK. He got 15 minutes with the Belgian national team against Germany and launched a brilliant pass that led to a goal. Give him more opportunities and he will show his quality. If not, sell him and watch how he does excel in another team. Milan tactics are based on attacking on the wings and they skip the attacking midfielder. It’s logic that the player in that position isn’t that productive. Back when Kaka was in the team our attack was based on the correct use of a nr 10. Now it isn’t anymore. Maybe that’s a mismatch in tranfer policy but it doens’t mean that the player isn’t good.

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