Jupiler Pro LeagueAnderlecht is sure of third place and European football after a 2-1 win over Antwerp. With purple and white they dream of more. “Why don’t we try to get second place?”
Bright faces in Anderlecht: European football has arrived. But Anderlecht can still exchange that ticket in the next two days of the match in one of the preliminary rounds of the Champions League and the fact of participating in the group stage of the European League. The Brussels Derby will be full of fire. “I’m glad to leave all this math to you,” said Vincent Kompany. “We just want to win every game and on Sunday we finally want to beat Union.”
Anderlecht had a surplus against Antwerp, without creating many opportunities. “My young team played a lot of pressure in the first half,” said T1 from Anderlecht. “After the break, the tempo disappeared from the match, but we kept our strength defensively.”
“Very bad about that goal,” Kompany nodded. “But we haven’t given up a lot of great chances. We still have two games left against Union and Brugge, and we both want to win them. Then we’ll see what happens. Second or third, our season is already successful.”
Kana: “Now go to second place”
“We played great football and got the win, and that was the most important thing today,” said Marco Cana. “If you are 2-0 up, you always have to finish the game. So it is a shame that we concede another goal. Fortunately, we kept the goal during the closing.”
“It’s really good to be in third place when you see how we started the playoffs against Al Ittihad. Since then, our mentality has changed. We are hungry and always want more and more. Why not go for that second place”, asks Kana herself. The young man played a strong match in the midfield. “Honestly? This is my favorite position. You can also play in defense, but I prefer midfield.”
Brisk: “A lot of things happened to the brown owl”
Antwerp coach Bryske reacted calmly to his team’s loss. “The first half was not good, it is clear that we are a team without a lot of confidence at the moment. We lost the ball twice right outside the penalty area, which resulted in two goals in our net. So it is difficult to win matches. I am proud of my team for what they did in the second half. We won 1-0. Frye came in with a lot of power and pulled the rest of the team with him.”
“It’s been a long season. A lot of things have happened to the brown owl, and there is also a lot of pressure. Now we are the worst team in the playoffs, but we also play against good teams in good rhythm. If we have faith, we can defeat anyone. It’s just us. Show it in 90 minutes. Anyway, the season is not over yet. Now we have to wait and see what happens with Gent and Genk, but we will do everything we can to win the next game and gain confidence in the team.”
De Laet: “Sunday is still very important”
“It wasn’t good enough today,” Ricci de Lat was not out of the bush. “We concede two goals to our net in gift wrapping. One from me and one from Denis Almeida. Punishment for fouls in the qualifiers. That’s the difference. We miss those little chances when we get them. We just need more confidence in the ball. You want to play Football, but everyone hides. And then it is difficult to give the ball to someone”, says de Lat.
“The second half was better. We played with more pressure forward and that resulted in more chances than in the first half. Another day, the first goal is important and it could still be 2-2. We tried, but the season is not over yet. Sunday is still important. Very. If it’s not about points, it’s for honor.”
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