KRC Genk has not yet enjoyed the second half of the season. After two draws, the vice-champion suffered a painful 2-1 defeat on the field of OH Leuven on Wednesday evening.
Genk loses the match (again).
Through an own goal by Federico Ricca, KRC Genk took the lead on Wednesday and seemed to be on their way to a victory.
But without the rushes of the departed Daniel Muñoz, the creativity of Africa Cup participant Bilal El Khannous and the physical ability of the suspended Bryan Heynen, Racing completely lost the match.
Vrancken sees too little fire in his team
Siebe Schrijvers defeated his former team with a penalty and in the final minutes Ewoud Pletinckx actually scored the winning Leuven goal. Wouter Vrancken showed himself sharp after the match.
“We’re shooting ourselves in the foot again. I just miss that urge to win. It’s certainly not good enough after New Year’s. I see the same thing in the previous matches. If you want to achieve results, it’s not just about quality. That fire also has to be good.”
Does the cause lie in the locker room?
Genk concedes late goals too often and according to The Importance of Limburg the main cause of this lies in the locker room. The newspaper wonders whether the atmosphere in the group is not too positive and notes that the team shows too little poison.
“There is too much laziness, a feeling of ‘everything will fall into place’. Which makes the lack of warriors like Munoz and Heynen painfully palpable every time. Players must realize that mentality is a crucial basic component of quality. Something that every top international club mentions during scouting.”