It is likely that Carl Hoefkens, right between two important Champions League assignments, will rotate. For example, Abakar Sylla is not in the selection: he gets rest. “Boyata is pushing for a starting spot,” said Hoefkens.
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Saturday to Seraing, Tuesday to Porto: it’s been busy weeks for Club Brugge. In any case, it is likely that a number of substitutions will be made on Saturday to keep the legs fresh. It is already certain that Sylla, who was the hero against Leverkusen last Wednesday, will not be traveling along. He gets rest. There is a good chance that Dedryck Boyata will be his replacement in the back: it would immediately be the first base place for the Red Devil. “Dedryck is pushing for a place in the starting line-up and showing his quality in training. He can teach the team something,” Hoefkens said. So far, Boyata had to be satisfied with two substitutions against Charleroi and Cercle Brugge, partly due to Sylla’s debunking. Other substitutions are also expected, including possibly some youngsters.
Rotate or not: Hoefkens absolutely wants to avoid losing points in the Stade du Pairay. “It’s a treacherous trip,” the coach said. “That is why it is absolutely necessary for us to take the next step. I expect professionalism.” In the past, it often happened that Club dropped stupid points after a pot in the Champions League. “I pointed this out to the players immediately after Leverkusen. That they were allowed to enjoy themselves for a while, but that the next matches would follow quickly. We want to win every match, and the one on Seraing is just as important as the one against Leverkusen or Porto.