- Mile Svilar has revealed what Lukaku said to him after his blunder at his Champions League debut
- He said that the Man Utd striker advised him not to worry much and work
- Svilar became the youngest goalkeeper to appear in the Champions League in the encounter
Belgian teenage goalkeeper Mile Svilar has revealed what Romelu Lukaku said to him after his blunder led to his team's defeat in their Champions League clash.
Svilar, who became the youngest goalkeeper to appear in the Champions League, inexplicably allowed Marcus Rashford’s speculative free-kick to cross the line midway through the second half.
Lukaku plus other members of the Man Utd squad and coaching staff all had some words of advice for the 18-year-old keeper following the full-time whistle.
To his immense credit, Svilar fronted up and conducted a classy post-match interview with beIN Sports after the game.
He said: “I’m feeling proud after making my debut,
“I played a good game but I could have done better with the goal - it’s part of growing up, I can’t return it now.”
Asked if it was a harsh lesson to learn, Svilar continued: “That’s [part of] being a goalkeeper - it’s one moment. If a striker makes a mistake, he can score a goal and everything is forgotten but with a goalkeeper he can play a perfect game and one moment can ruin it. It doesn’t affect me at all, so it’s okay.”
A magnificent reaction from the 18-year-old, who appears to have the mental strength to bounce back from this cruel setback.
During the same interview, Svilar revealed what Lukaku said to him out on the pitch.
“Yeah, it was nice,” the Belgian added.
“He just said that I don’t have to worry, continue to work and it’ll be okay.”