"He is a great player who played a good match. When you lead 1-0 in the World Cup semifinal, you try to maintain it (keep the lead) and waste time. It's normal," Tielemans said in a press conference on Thursday, two days before taking on England in the playoff for third place.
The Monaco midfielder, who played in the wins over Tunisia, England and Brazil, stressed the importance of Saturday's third-place match.
"I want to win on Saturday. The challenge now is to get the third spot and we should achieve it. Belgium has never been third," the 21-year-old said.
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