Sunday 16 May 2021 21:45

Philippe Clement: "Next Thursday we'll play to win"

Philippe Clement saw his team put in a great shift and grab three well-deserved points. Club takes an important step towards its seventeenth league title, eventhough it wasn't an easy game against Antwerp.

"We know that Antwerp is a very well-organized and disciplined team. You have to crack open their organization before you can carve out a chance. In Antwerp we were just not good enough to create chances. Today, our first half lacked that finesse again. We tried from distance a few times, but not good enough to really put the goalkeeper to the test. With 0-0 at half-time I knew sooner or later the goal would come. And it did. But then we almost immediately conceded the equaliser. Luckily we quickly scored our second goal and we had enough chances to score a third as well. In the closing minutes Antwerp went all out with a lot of powerfull and tall players in front, but we did well to hold them off. I am very happy to see my players finally got their reward in these play-offs."

Philippe Clement
Philippe Clement

"If this came was crucial? I don't think so, because if we hadn't won we still would have been first. But these three points are obviously more than welcome. I'm happy for the boys that they got what they deserved."

Thanks to this victory Club only needs one point when they travel to the capital on Thursday, but coach Clement doesn't dare to speculate on a draw. "Thursday we will be focussed on our own game which we have done the entire year. We will travel to Anderlecht with the objective to win the game. That's always been the case, even in our European games in Paris or Rome. We will prepare our match like we do on any other day. Tonight the players can be delighted, without overdoing it. From tomorrow onwards we'll start building towards Thursday, because we still have a job to do."

Genk's late winning goal at Anderlecht, is the reason Club couldn't win the title today. "I had said it to the players today. They have to really think about it whether they would watch that match. I gave a couple of alternatives, but a few players watched the game anyway. As a coach I didn't have another choice but to watch. So I saw it when Genk scored their late winner. We don't have the title just yet, but we'll work extremely hard to get it. We've been in the top position since October and we don't intend to change that. Would it be special to win the title at Anderlecht? I really don't care about that. A title is a title. After a few years nobody remembers where it happened." (SF)

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