Reactions after Charleroi - Club Brugge

José Izquierdo, Stefano Denswil, Timmy Simons and coach Michel Preud’homme all offered their views on the win at Charleroi.

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<strong>Jos&eacute; IZQUIERDO</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;First hattrick of my career&quot;</strong></p>
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The absolute star of the game was Jos&eacute; Izquierdo, netting three goals after another five star performance. &quot;I&#39;m proud and happy with this result and with our performance. This is a night to remember. We may be only one point behind, but that&#39;s not what we&#39;re looking at, we&#39;re only looking at ourselves. We just have to keep fighting for it and take every game as it comes and consider it a Final. The way we take that goal, that&#39;s something that comes with football. Our mentality as a team after that setback is what matters. We won&#39;t take the negative into account, and keep focusing on what&#39;s to come. You take a lot from situations like this, as we definitely would have lost a game like this at the start of the play-offs. Our group has what it takes to stand up after a setback. This was the first hattrick in my career. I worked hard on my comeback with the physios. I&#39;m getting back to my highest level, at the ideal moment in the play-offs. The moment I conceded that injury came with ill timing. I&#39;m already looking forward to next Sunday&#39;s game against Anderlecht.&quot;<strong> (MDK)</strong></p>

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<strong>Stefano DENSWIL</strong></p>
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<strong>&quot;Absolutely needed to win this game&quot;</strong></p>
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Once again, Stefano Denswil showed he&#39;s in excellent form, hardly getting into trouble against the Charleroi forwards. &quot;I think we did what was expected of us today. We knew we absolutely had to win this game, and that&#39;s what we did. A positive result was all that mattered today. In the second half, we played at too low a pace, as Charleroi was waiting on us from defense, which forces you to always make the right decisions. We can&#39;t complain about this result. We now just need to take it one game at a time. We hoped to be putting a bit more pressure today, and that has worked out well. It&#39;s clear that this first away win pleases us, both for us as a team as for the neutral observers. Our past games away from home haven&#39;t all been great, but our first half helped us underway. In the end, we really deserve to be winning this game.&rdquo;<br />
The Dutchman also brushed upon the bizarre goal Club conceded today. &ldquo;Just like Claudemir, I thought I heard a whistle. But apparently that wasn&#39;t the case, so you can categorise it as a misunderstanding. It&#39;s not really an error, but it was bitter nonetheless. Ethan would never just put the ball down if he hadn&#39;t heard a whistle. He played a good game today. We can now work towards teh big game on Sunday vs Anderlecht. We&#39;re really looking forward to it, as we know a win can bring us even closer.&quot; <strong>(MDK)</strong></p>

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<strong>Timmy SIMONS</strong></p>
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<strong>&quot;Scored with perfect timing&quot;</strong></p>
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Timmy Simons was thrilled to see his team take the full loot at Charleroi. With fifteen minutes to go, he also manned the ptich to gain control over midfield. &quot;A truely deserved win. Things were closed down in the first half, but in the second we created enough chances to come out victorious. We all know Charleroi is a well-organised outfit, so a chance for them on the break is always possible. That would make it really hard to win here. But we took that weapon away from them, and scored with perfect timing. Sometimes you get pushed back, but the coach made some good changes to counter that. Forward pressure helps, but that&#39;s not always evident. I haven&#39;t seen their goal just yet, as I was warming up when it happened. That&#39;s something that can happen, and we won&#39;t be thinking about it all too long. We stood up as a team and reacted. You can see that Izquierdo is outstanding again, growing towards his best game. So that&#39;s something to look forward to. As a team you can conquer a lot. As long as you believe in one another, and work with each other, everything&#39;s possible. When you see the amount of work they do on a daily basis, you just know the results will follow. We shouldn&#39;t be watching the other teams, just keep doing our own thing. Let&#39;s just take it one game at a time.&quot; <strong>(MDK)</strong></p>

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<strong>Michel PREUD&rsquo;HOMME</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;We don&#39;t have matters in our own hands, so I won&#39;t be discussing the title&rdquo;</strong></p>
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Three vital points: that&#39;s what Michel Preud&rsquo;homme&#39;s team took from Charleroi. &ldquo;The team confirmed our fine intentions and performances of the past home games. In the first half, we showed a lot of patience, and stayed well-organised in order to keep Charleroi from scoring. Just before half-time, a great attack put us in the lead. At the start of the second, there&#39;s the game-defining situation, where our goalie heard a whistle as Vossen was brought down along the sideline. But apparently it wasn&#39;t the ref&#39;s whistle, so the game kept going. When the hosts draw level, it can become a difficult task mentally, but the team reacted immediately. Charleroi also shifted into a two forwards system, but my players handled this situation well too. This win is a great step forward towards European football, as the gap with Charleroi is now up to eight points. To boot, we showed we are in fine form away from home. Whether we are back in the race for the title? We don&#39;t have matters in our own hands, so I won&#39;t be discussing the title.&rdquo;<br />
Two surprises du chef by Preud&rsquo;homme, sidelining Butelle and Simons, but the Club coach had his reasons for doing so. &ldquo;It wasn&#39;t easy putting them on the bench, as they have helped us in many games so far. Ludo (Butelle, edit) hasn&#39;t been performing the way he did last year, so I reacted. As to Timmy (Simons, edit), I already indicated his examplary net value, both as a player and as a human being. When I informed him that he wouldn&#39;t be starting, he just said: &ldquo;coach, i&#39;d do the same if I were you.&rdquo; He had also seen the great performance put in by Vormer &ndash; Claudemir &ndash; Vanaken on Monday.&rdquo;<br />
A word of praise for a couple of players is what Club&#39;s T1 ended with. &ldquo;There&#39;s no denying that Izquierdo was th&eacute; man of the match. He&#39;s the type of player who can make a difference within our team. He culminates our playing style, but he has outgrown the Belgian league by now. Kudos to the entire team today. Horvath produced some fine saves, which wasn&#39;t all that easy after that &quot;free kick&quot;. I watched Touba and saw that he had no difficulty position-wise. That&#39;s an asset for sure. Some words of praise for Bjorn Engels too: he felt a bit of pain, but even in such dire conditions he managed to put in one of the best performances in a long time.&rdquo; <strong>(SF)</strong></p>

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