Charles De Ketelaere: “Kept going for it"

What. A. Game. Charles De Ketelaere topped a five star performance off with a last-gasp winner, helping his team to the three points on the opening day of the Champions League.

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“This is what I dreamed of beforehand. We kept playing as a team, and chances started coming. We kept going for it. This is the best moment in my career so far. It's so great to be winning here. Zenith got a boost from their equaliser, but we just kept going for that second goal. That was what mattered most. Zenit has a strong outfit, but we tried making the most of their weaker points. Who I'm going to call on my way to the airport?  I'll get in contact with my girfriend and my mom first.”

Charles De Ketelaere
Charles De Ketelaere

On Saturday, the forward hadn't been part of the selection for the Standard game. “Yes, it came as quite the disappointment not to play Standard. But there's always the chance you can play to day or come on. I was ready for this moment, it's what you work towards as a player. To be winning here is just grand. We were better physically, we just kept running and playing. We managed to win here with a great footballing action through the Russian defense. We maintained our belief despite the chances Zenit had, as you can always claim the win when it's 1-1. We kept going for that second goal, because we knew there were possibilities for us.”

 

Next week, Club hosts the game against Lazio. “We believe we can do it. We take it one game at a time, and we'll see where it will end. We keep our focus on the next game, and try to claim a result there too. As a team, we want to take that next step forward. Win more, claim more points, and go on in the Champions League.” (KN)

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