AnderlechtLior Rafailov: an eternal gentleman. Even in a state of euphoria, it does not get out of hand. “I respect the decisions of the coaching staff, but of course I want to play.”
“To be important, both on and off the field,” is what Leor Rafailov wants. But it would be preferable, and it worked against Lachey tonight. Rafaelov scored in all three goals, which makes it all the more impressive that against Union and Eubin he was just a substitute for Anderlecht.
“I respect the decisions of the staff,” Rafailov said. “We have a lot of good players in the attacking area, decisions have to be made, there will be rotations. I know I won’t play everything, but I want to play as much as possible. If I don’t want to do that anymore, I better stop.”
“I respect the staff’s decisions. We have a lot of good players in the attacking area, decisions need to be made
He did not dare to answer whether Rafailov could start the match against Syring on Sunday. Vincent Kompany did, with a wink. “I’m not dumber than anyone else, I see what you see. This kind of performance makes my job easier. I know Rafailov’s influence on my team is undeniable, but for me it was understandable why he didn’t play everything in the previous matches. He missed the matches.” The playoff last season, we have to watch out for injuries.”
Rafailov described the 3-0 win as “important for confidence”. We know results are expected time and time again in Anderlecht. That was crucial at this point in the tournament. We wanted to secure qualification here, I think we took a step in the right direction. For me personally, it’s nice to score twice in the fixed stages: we’re working hard on that.”
Kompany was satisfied, too, “even though we could have scored one or two more.” Then Miss Joshua Zirkzee was discussed. Kompany nodded without caring, “That was a great opportunity, let’s not forget that he still has to settle down.”
There won’t be much time for that in the coming days: Syring is already waiting for Sunday. “We cannot afford not to win the league three times in a row,” Rafailov said. “This creates stress, but we are all well paid to deal with that.”
If Rafa can maintain his form, it will not be up to him…
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