Peter Vandenbempt: “Antwerp will only get better, they dream of the title” | Jupiler Pro League

Peter Vandenbempt: “Antwerp will only get better, they dream of the title” | Jupiler Pro League
Peter Vandenbempt: “Antwerp will only get better, they dream of the title” | Jupiler Pro League

After seven days of matches, the value ratios in our national competition are becoming increasingly clear. Antwerp is unbeatable for the time being, while Anderlecht were unable to book a victory for the third time in a row. Peter Vandenbempt sees a great contrast between the two teams and looks ahead to Club Brugge’s first Champions League assignment.

“It’s a shame about the European elimination, otherwise it was a perfect summer for Antwerp”

Of course they dream of the title on the Bosuil. The last time they started with seven victories was in 1930 and then Antwerp also became champion at the end of the ride. A shame about the European elimination, because otherwise it would have been a perfect summer. That is unforgivable for a team with such quality.

The good news is that Antwerp is going to be much better than it is at the moment. In the matches it has won so far, it has not been much better than the opponent for the time being. On Thursday that was not the case against Union, yesterday also not against a pretty okay Westerlo.

But Antwerp punishes mistakes deadly. Goalkeeper Butez makes crucial saves, keeping the momentum. And in the periods when it does run, Antwerp is great to watch. Technically well-maintained, a lot of speed and cleverness. Much more than in other years, Antwerp has become a footballing team.

Antwerp was not much better than the opponent for the time being. But in the periods when it does run, it’s great to watch: technically well-maintained, a lot of speed and cleverness

Peter Vandenbempt

They can still fight and wage war, but in previous years we said they had to play better to become a real top club, and Antwerp is doing that now too.

That Calvin Stengs they hired from Nice has everything to be a sensation. Vincent Janssen had a difficult start, but is now on target as a target striker. And Ekkelenkamp is a revelation in midfield: he shows up everywhere, has good feet, already gave 3 assists and is also a very smart footballer.
In addition, Miyoshi is ubiquitous and Yusuf is an even better midfielder than last year.

They now have 7 out of 7 and with the program of the coming weeks that could easily become 10 out of 10. I also notice that the star of the Tawny Owl, Radja Nainggolan, has already been on the bench for 2 matches. And that just now that the train is more firmly on the rails. Ekkelenkamp is in his favorite position and proves his coach right.

“Calvin Stengs has everything to become a sensation.”

“The hard conclusion is that Anderlecht has already missed its competition start”

For the perception and the feeling, that late equalizer at home against OHL was important for Anderlecht, but it does not change the balance of the summer much. They succeeded in Europe of course, but in the competition it is again a failed start. That’s the hard conclusion.

10 out of 21 all in all a favorable program. I don’t see a good evolution in the game image in recent weeks and they are already 11 points behind Antwerp and 6 against Club Brugge and Racing Genk. Take that in. They now count as many points as Standard and we all had little good to say about that in the summer.

I thought Anderlecht started pretty well yesterday and actually finished strong. They could have won, but gave away a goal twice with a bow around it and the current Anderlecht cannot afford that.

There isn’t much going on up front for that. They are brimming with good will. Fabio Silva is crushing, but there is little inspiration behind it. The creative boys often play wide and backwards.

Oud-Heverlee Leuven is of course a very difficult opponent to play with an excellent block, but in Anderlecht’s game the fire, energy and pace are all very even. That’s what the substitutes brought. With Vertonghen, Ashimeru and 16-year-old Duranville, who dared to make actions and showed guts.

There is again too much lateral knitting at Anderlecht and that is not what Mazzu has in mind.

Peter Vandenbempt

In the first games of the season it was better, but now too much lateral knitting has been added again, as in the Kompany period, and that is not what Mazzu has in mind.

Diawara made a deadly mistake, but with him, Vertonghen, a fit Ashimeru and Duranville as a joker, Anderlecht will play more sharp and aggressive football. Starting Thursday against Silkeborg. If you want to make a difference in that European competition, it’s a must-win game.

“The 16-year-old Duranville showed guts and dared to make actions.”

“The bad start of Leverkusen in the Bundesliga creates great optimism, but some caution is needed for Club”

Club Brugge seems ready for its European adventure. The poor start of Champions League opponent Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga provides great optimism, but some caution is advised.

Last weekend I saw Leverkusen’s match against Freiburg – the surprising co-leader in the German league – and Leverkusen was by far the better team. They had more than enough chances to win, but missed too many. In the back they did not defend sharply on corners, so there may be opportunities for Club Brugge there.

But Leverkusen is just a good team with a dangerous striker like Patrick Schick and a lot of speed up front. A solid midfield too. Only they lack confidence and Club Brugge has that in the meantime.

Hoefkens has many opportunities and that also means a lot of pressure to do better in Europe than last year.

Peter Vandenbempt

The first hour against Cercle Brugge was certainly not easy, they hardly created a chance. But they remained patient and Carl Hoefkens had drawn up a good game plan, as was also the case in Leuven.

And then they have the class to capitalize on the moments, with Skov Olsen leading the way. Nielsen has also become very important for Club Brugge in no time. And at the back young Sylla (19) is doing very well: so strong, so solid, so much guts. They have also added 2 players (Yaremchuk and Onyedika) to that core for 26 million. There is so much opulence.

Hoefkens has many opportunities and that also means a lot of pressure to do better in Europe than last year. Just like Anderlecht, it is already necessary against Leverkusen in the first match. Winning at home is mandatory if they want to play a significant role and that is a very difficult task.

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