Club Brugge - Charleroi: post-match reactions

After the 2-0 victory over Sporting Charleroi Jonathan Blondel, Eidur Gudjohnsen, Tom De Sutter, Maxime Lestienne, Shangyuan Wang and coach Juan Carlos Garrido commented on the game.

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<strong>Jonathan BLONDEL</strong></p>
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<strong>&quot;Made the difference in the second half&quot;</strong></p>
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Jonathan Blondel is known to be a man of few words but he is always spot on. &quot;It was a very difficult and hard-fought victory today, but I believe we deserved to take the three points. Especially in the second half we made the difference against this sturdy Charleroi. Especially after the red card of Simons we had to work hard for the three points. But in the end we succeeded. Now we can travel to Poland with confidence.&quot; <strong>(MV)</strong></p>

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<strong>Maxime LESTIENNE</strong></p>
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<strong>&quot;We have started the season well&quot;</strong></p>
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Maxime Lestienne didn&#39;t score against Charleroi but was very happy with the three points. &quot;We should be very happy with this victory and the three points. It was important to start the season with a win and we did. After the sending off it looked hopeless but we fought hard. I didn&#39;t have a clear view but I know Timmy and he would never hurt an opponent on purpose. It seemed like a very harsh verdict by the referee. We knew it would be difficult with ten, but we played well as a team. At half-time Garrido asked us to keep playing in zone and that was necessary against this sturdy opponent. It was clear that they had come for one point and were counting on the counter-attack. Luckily for us Wang broke the deadlock for us with a brilliant long-range goal. Shangyuan is a very friendly and intelligent young man. Nevertheless he still needs to pick up one or two things about football. He is still adapting to the European football but he has a lot of qualities to make it. And if he will, Club Brugge will have a superb player in the squad.&quot; <strong>(MV)</strong></p>

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<strong>Eidur GUDJOHNSEN</strong></p>
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<strong>&quot;We deserved this victory&quot;</strong></p>
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Nevertheless being substituted on the hour-mark, Eidur Gudjohnsen looks back at the first fixture in high spirits. &quot;I believe we deserved this victory. We have worked hard for it and in the first half we played 25 minutes with one man less than Charleroi. But we have worked hard on the pitch and didn&#39;t give away any chances. In the second half we were lucky when Charleroi didn&#39;t score the equalizer.<br />
About the red card? I haven&#39;t seen the footage yet but the straight red card for Timmy was too harsh in my opinion. But even then we never panicked and played with confidence. We still have to play better, but at times we already played at a decent level. The more games we play, the better we will get. The atmosphere in the team is brilliant.&quot; <strong>(MV)</strong></p>

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<strong>Shangyuan WANG</strong></p>
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<strong>&quot;A dream start&quot;</strong></p>
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And was he happy, the Chinese midfielder of Club Brugge! Shangyuan Wang gave The Blues the lead with a tremendous long-range finish against a very defensive Charleroi. After Simons&#39; red card Garrido had to reshuffle his players in midfield, but when Charleroi were down to ten men as well, there was more space in midfield again. &quot;It&#39;s true, it wasn&#39;t easy for us when we had to see Simons leave the pitch early. It took us a while before we were organized. At half-time the coach spoke with me in person and encouraged me to fire at goal when I had the chance. Actually, my movement just before my goal is something we have worked on a lot during training. First a short corner and then one of the midfielders should be unmarked and ready to fire from range. And today this worked out perfectly. When I saw the ball hit the back of the net, I immediately thought: what a dream start! It sure wasn&#39;t an easy game but this result gives us confidence for the European game on Thursday.&quot; <strong>(FDC)</strong></p>

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<strong>Tom DE SUTTER&nbsp;</strong></p>
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<strong>&quot;Winning the first game is important&quot;</strong></p>
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Tom De Sutter came on for Gudjohnsen on the hour-mark and was immediately important for the team. &quot;It was a difficult game, especially if you are down to ten after twenty minues. I was watching the action from the bench, but I was too far away to judge it correctly. But I know Simons would never hurt someone on purpose. I was happy when Charleroi were reduced to ten men as well just before the break. In games like this it&#39;s important to keep the three points home and then it&#39;s alright if the level of play isn&#39;t as good as it should be. We were lucky when Charleroi failed to equalize ten minutes before the end. I&#39;m quite happy with my performance, eventhough I should have scored but unfortunately I headed on the goalkeeper. I keep an eye on my stats, but becoming champion is the most important thing. I don&#39;t care if I would only score ten goals then. I&#39;m satisfied with the three points. Winning the first game is important, but so are the following 29.&quot; <strong>(KN)</strong></p>

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<strong>Juan Carlos GARRIDO</strong></p>
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<strong>&quot;Happy with my team&#39;s reaction&quot;</strong></p>
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Juan Carlos Garrido was obviously happy with the result. &quot;Just before kick-off we had to deal with a double setback. Engels and Vazquez were forced out of the team. It was my choise to move H&oslash;gli to the centre-full back position. It&#39;s an unusual position for him but he did great. Birger Verstraete had to play on right-back, which is not his best position, but he was great as well. After twenty minutes we had to continue with ten but I&#39;m very pleased with my team&#39;s reaction. The players remained calm and played very organized. They showed fighting spirit, maturity and lots of commitment.&quot;<br />
What about the red card? &quot;I have watched the images and for me it&#39;s not a red card. And I know Timmy, he would never try to hurt a player. But I don&#39;t blame the referee, he only had one second to judge the action. For me it was just a matter of organizing my team and adapting to the new situation. And they did well.&quot;<br />
The Spanish coach had some very kind words for Shangyuan Wang who broke the deadlock with his brilliant goal. &quot;Wang is a very good player. He was the revelation during our pre-season preperation and I predict a bright future for him.&quot; <strong>(SF)</strong></p>

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