May 28, 2024

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Franken dares to make a strong statement at Club Brugge

Franken dares to make a strong statement at Club Brugge

There are some nice posters on the program again this weekend in the Jupiler Pro League. We are looking forward to the top match on Sunday afternoon between KRC Genk and Club Brugge. A duel that could be decisive in the battle for the top six.

Both teams started the season with the necessary ambitions. After all, Genk had failed to win the title the year before and wanted to continue building on that. But the European campaign was a disappointment, as KV Ostend proved too strong in the Kroki Cup and too many mistakes were made in the competition to have a significant role in the title debate.

The strongest in Belgium

But Club Brugge did no better. Blauw-Zwart wanted to regroup with a new coach and an updated selection. That has worked well in the conference league so far. But on Wednesday, the club suffered a painful defeat in the cup and in the Jupiler Pro League, the title gradually looking like a utopia now that the gap to leaders Union SG is already 20 points.

So the people of Bruges can by no means speak of a successful season. However, Genk coach Wouter Franken rates Brugge's group of players very highly. Genk's website said: “Despite the exit from the cup and the defeat to Anderlecht, Club Brugge still have the best centre-back in Belgium on paper. They have a lot of individual quality with which they can decide the match.”

Not for the faint of heart

A strong statement given the current situation at the club. Franken expects a tough match. However, he also has enough confidence in arriving at a good result. Provided that his team does their best to achieve victory and take matters into their own hands.

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Thus it can be expected that Genk will dominate. “It will be important to show courage on Sunday. If you play like cowards against a good team like Klopp, you will make it difficult for yourself and you will have a difficult game. If you show courage and radiate self-confidence, the chances will increase.” “It will come. It's important that we do that,” Franken says.