Football commentator Peter Vandenbet has analyzed the 31st match day of the Jupiler Pro League. Among other things, the summit between Anderlecht and Antwerp is discussed, and he also reflects on the problems in Genk and the landing of Berchot.
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Peter Vandenbempt in a nutshell:
- Anderlecht radiates confidence, but their luck is poor.
- Antwerp is still searching for an identity.
- It threatens to be a tragically bad season for Genk.
- Bearchot’s relegation is unfortunate for a neutral football fan.
“Football is back in line with what Anderlecht fans expect”
After years of many trials, Anderlecht fans have once again reconciled with the club and the team. The fans have been very patient, but the results have been very good for a while.
Football is once again in line with what fans expect from Anderlecht. Against Antwerp, he was in control all the time, with good organization, surrenders in duels and after a long period of playing football was also smooth, with many good chances.
The difference with Antwerp was greater on the field than on the scoreboard. Anderlecht continues to take slow steps. He has now won for the first time against a top 3 team. That was only 2 out of 15 so far.
The difference with Antwerp was greater on the field than on the scoreboard.
Compared to last year, Anderlecht already has more points. She also scored 14 times more than she did in the entire regular season a year ago.
The players are in good shape and radiating confidence, but luck is of course poor. Anderlecht must go next week to Ghent. If they were to lose there and Antwerp win, they would suddenly stumble out of the top four.
Just to be clear: Anderlecht is still on its way to the top in all respects, to the true status of its past as the biggest club in the country. Because in normal times no party in Brussels occupies third place behind the leader by 12 points.
“In mid-March, Antwerp is still searching for an identity”
Judging by the performance and results of the past few weeks, Antwerp should definitely be concerned. I lost 4 of the last 6 matches and only managed to beat the last 2 in the standings with great effort. In those six matches, he scored only 6 goals.
We are now in the middle of March and the conclusion is that Antwerp is still looking for an identity on the field and distinctive football. He is often at the mercy of Fry’s targets or Benson’s flashes.
They have lost to Union, Club Brugge and Anderlecht in recent weeks. That could happen, coach Brisky said. But of course Antwerp aspires to beat those teams, as it did in the first round. Then it was 7 out of 9.
It was remarkable how much calmer and calmer Antwerp was this weekend after the defeat than it was last week after the win over Berchot.
It was remarkable how much calmer and calmer Antwerp was this weekend after the defeat than it was last week after the win over Berchot. Antwerp also played a believable game. There was nothing to criticize – another point of criticism last week – commitment and mindset.
But the quality of the ball was few, few ideas. Frye has never been published. We also keep watching Radja Nainggolan, but we walked away yesterday.
The chances for Antwerp are still favorable, but of course they are not certain. Freed from the pressure of relegation, Zolt and Argem in Leuven still want to show something in what could be the last game of the year at their stadium, suddenly Cercle Brugge is in the top eight and has already beaten Club Brugge and Anderlecht. So watch out for Antwerp.
Brian Brisky and Radja Nainggolan
“There must be a lot of choices in Genk”
Genk Paul Onwacho kicked violently after the defeat to STVV. Breathe fire and make wood for everything and everyone. It’s a new low in what threatens to be a tragically bad season for Racing Genk.
I played unrecognizably bad, with long-distance football on poor ground. He won the fight by a good STVV, we have to confirm that. With 67% of the ball, you can’t make much progress if you don’t know what to do with it.
Luca Owen was a bright spot in the dark. It was single-mindedly reminiscent of last year, when Racing Genk had already played the best football in the country, the team of the moment and Club Brugge still had their start in the playoffs. Now they had to be humbly booed by the fans in the stadium, and that seems to be what happens in football.
A new low in what could turn out to be a tragically bad season for Racing Genk.
In July, Genk was still a major contender for the title, rival Club Brugge. Exceptionally, all those strongholds from last year remained. Under John van den Broom, Genk has sometimes played great football this season and sometimes there’s been a bit of bad luck.
But at the end of the season, the result will be that a lot of choices have to be made in the selection. You must look for real leaders and a coach who offers alternatives and collective solutions in difficult matches, who can link quality with mentality.
There is a lot of work to be done and we are still saving what can be saved, because getting to the top 8 is the absolute minimum.
“For neutral enthusiasts, Bearchot’s landing is a shame”
Beerschot’s decline actually began over a year ago, since the beginning of December of the previous season. First with the success of coach Lusada and star Tsudale, who both left, and then without them too.
Since then, he has lost 11 of 20 matches and won fewer than 5 others. The drop started at that time and has continued this season.
If a team is doomed, the result is always the same: the group of players misjudged. In that period of euphoria, I already heard from people who follow the club closely. They were amazed that things went so well with that group of players, who performed far beyond their capabilities.
Holzhauser, last year’s champion Beershut and second in the Golden Shoe, fell into the basket as helm.
The transfer policy failed, that’s for sure. Holzhauser, last year’s champion Beershut and second in the Golden Shoe, fell into the basket as helm. Coach Peter Maes didn’t work in Kiel and that the Argentine was a really big mistake.
Yesterday’s match against Gent was like a funeral. An empty stadium, sad and desolate. At Bosuil they might think differently, but as a neutral football fan, that’s a pity. Antwerp should have two teams at the highest level.
Seems to be going well with Bearshot. There appears to be a consistent and stable policy. But it failed. We hope to return at the highest level soon.
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