No more European football for Royal Antwerp FC, the only blemish on the blazon to speak of a perfect summer.
You can’t do better than 7 out of 7. The numbers never lie, they often say, and that is also the case for the Great Old, says Peter Vandenbempt.
“They can still fight and wage war, but in previous years we said that they had to play better football to become a real top club, and Antwerp does that now too,” says the analyst at Sporza.
Some transfers seem to be a bull’s eye. “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.”
The arrival of Mark Van Bommel also explains the success. “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.”