Antwerp is in the lead of the Jupiler Pro League after seven match days with a perfect report (21 out of 21). Patrick Goots, former football player at Royal Antwerp fc and analyst for this newspaper, also saw against Westerlo on Sunday that it was good. “Nothing stands in the way of making that series a little longer,” he says in Antwerp Live. But the road to the title is still far and there are obstacles on the way.
The sun shone brightly above the Tawny Owl on Sunday and that is also the case in a figurative sense. Patrick Goots has an explanation for the success: “The club has mapped out a clear vision. With Mark van Bommel there is someone at the helm who makes players better,” says Goots. “Sometimes it’s a bit unlucky, but there is indeed a system with football that the Antwerp supporter wants to see.”
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Sunday’s match against Westerlo was exemplary. “It went up and down, but as is often the case, Antwerp scored the 1-0 at the right time. After the break Westerlo insisted, but a counterattack made it 2-0 and it was time to book”, Goots analyzes. “Antwerp gives away very few chances. It was not for nothing that Toby Alderweireld was brought in. You can see that there really is a team.”
Goots does not want to anticipate the title dreams yet. “The season is only a fifth under way, but nothing stands in the way of Antwerp to make this series of victories a little longer,” says Goots. “But Club Brugge and other teams will sometimes put down a good series.”
The fact that Antwerp has been eliminated in Europe can also turn out well in the end. “But Van Bommel would rather have played European on Thursday. With a European campaign, more players can still get playing minutes. Now there is a danger that a number of players will be displeased because they play too little.”
DISCUSSION. Does this Antwerp have what it takes to become national champion?