Reactions after Club Brugge - Anderlecht

Between the festivities we gathered reactions by Timmy Simons, Ruud Vormer, Bjorn Engels, Laurens De Bock, Stefano Denswil, Hans Vanaken, Abdoulay Diaby, Thomas Meunier, coach Michel Preud’homme, president Bart Verhaeghe and ex-player Mathew Ryan.

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<strong>Timmy SIMONS</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;This is my most beautiful title&rdquo;</strong></p>
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Timmy Simons could celebrate the title exactly eleven years after the previous one. The captain made the 4-0 himself from the penalty point. &quot;Everyone who saw this game knows that this title is more than deserved&quot;, says a happy captain. &quot;We had a very good season. We were close the past couple of years but the play-offs have always been hard for us. We tried to be at our best level during the play-offs this year and we did it. We also tried it last year but we were not sharp enough because of the Cup and the Europe League. But we succeeded now. This is really awesome. Especially if you see the support. Our arrival here at the stadium was already incredible but it also causes nerves. It causes pressure. But when you see how the group dealt with it... I have to congratulate every single player. This group is able to achieve a lot. Anyway, this is my most beautiful title. Finally, I am able to give something back to everyone who believed in it year after year. It is incredible. I hope our fans will not destroy the stadium but I am afraid they will.&quot; <strong>SF)</strong></p>

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<strong>Ruud VORMER</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;This atmosphere... never experienced this before!&rdquo;</strong></p>
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Ruud Vormer was the first Club player that reacted after the cup was raised. &quot;We played very good today&quot;, said the midfielder clearly. &quot;We were very efficient because almost every chance ended in a goal and Anderlecht did not have a chance because of that. We were collectively strong the whole season and I think we became champion in that way. The rotation system was also important. We finished the regular league as leader and we always put pressure on our opponents during the play-offs thanks to our strong performance. And this atmosphere today, never experienced this before. It was incredible to win 4-0 against our biggest rival. I think nobody can deny that we are the deserved champion this season.&quot;&nbsp;<strong>(FDC)</strong></p>

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<strong>Bjorn ENGELS</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;We outclassed Anderlecht&rdquo;</strong></p>
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Bjorn Engels had an incredible week. First a selection for the European Championships and now the title with the Blues. &quot;I think the 4-0 is clear&quot;, says the central defender. &quot;We just outclassed Anderlecht today and everything else does not matter. It started with the 5-0 against Zulte, then the 3-0 against Genk and last week the 1-4 at Gent. Nobody can say that we stole it this year. Beating the biggest rival from Brussel 4-0 is the apotheosis. Yes, that feels awesome. I already said it. The pressure increased every week due to the media but we kept our focus and you can see the result.&quot; <strong>(FDC)</strong></p>

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<strong>Laurens DE BOCK</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;And now... having a party?&rdquo;</strong></p>
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It is clear that every Club player went wild. Laurens De Bock was shining from happiness. &quot;On our way to the stadium, we felt that everyone with a warm heart for Club Brugge expected something from us&quot;, started De Bock. &quot;I think we clearly showed with this ample victory that it would be our day today. I think we deserved to win today because Anderlecht almost caused no troubles. Our fans were incredible today. We expected something, but that... pff,&nbsp;this are&nbsp;definitely the best fans of the country, without doubt. Our belief increased after our 5-0 victory against Zulte Waregem. And now... having a party?&quot; <strong>(FDC)</strong></p>

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<strong>Stefano DENSWIL</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;We felt that it had to happen now&rdquo;</strong></p>
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Stefano Denswil&nbsp;was also enjoying. His analysis was as follows: &quot;I already got a special feeling during the warming-up&quot;, says the Dutch defender of the Blues. &quot;We felt that it had to happen now because of the atmosphere the fans created.&nbsp;Luckily we could realize the dream of our fans. I do not know how many people already said thank you to me. I never experienced this before, incredible. And with a 4-0 victory against Anderlecht. We apparently had to become champion in this way which is of course an incredible experience. We were the best team from kickoff and our opponent did not have a chance. We immediately made clear that only one team deserved it to become champion this season and that team was Club Brugge. We were not only the best team before the play-offs but also remained the best team during the play-offs. So we are the deserved champion.&quot; <strong>(FDC)</strong></p>

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<strong>Hans VANAKEN</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;We worked the whole year for this&rdquo;</strong></p>
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Hans Vanaken made the 3-0 with a header and created the final decision in that way. &quot;We worked the whole year for this. Thousands of people were waiting when we arrived here at the stadium. You want it more and more as a player then. If you then see how we finish this game. Of course we were not completely certain. Anderlecht had to win to remain in the race. But we seized them immediately at the throat. We scored two times in the first half and played more calmly afterwards. We have a strong home reputation. Anderlecht is the only team that won here in the regular league. We did not only want to obtain points at home in the play-offs and we also won at Oostende and Gent. This 4-0 victory against a direct competitor is special. We said before the game that we would still be top of the league in case of a draw or a loss. But we finished it here. We cannot do better than this. The hunger of the fans, players and staff was huge since we had to wait for eleven years. Everyone wanted the title. Obtaining the title was the goal of the whole team and we performed collectively strong. The fans created the perfection. We will now play in the most beautiful competition of Europe, the Champions League. We hope to face attractive teams. Whether the&nbsp;coach will stay? I do not know what his plans are. His choice is made and he will announce it at the right time.&quot; <strong>(KN)</strong></p>

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<strong>Abdoulay DIABY</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Making a lot of goals and a good defence, the perfect mix to become champion&rdquo;</strong></p>
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Abdoulay Diaby scored two times in the middle of the first half and put Club on the right path to the title after a long and awesome season. It is my first title. Maybe you do not see it from the outside, but I am very happy inside. This is the most beautiful thing about the season: seizing the title. The fans gave us the necessary support. Finishing it today against Anderlecht is incredible. We started well in the play-offs but then lost at Anderlecht and Gent. Finally, we won at Gent 1-4. If you then obtain the title at home against Anderlecht after a 4-0 victory, it is deserved. We had ups and downs this season but you stay motivated in that way. I got a red card in the Cup final that I did not deserve according to me. Before I led Club to the final with four goals from which two were made against Gent in the semi-finals. Personally, I had a good season. I play for the coach and the fans. As attacker, you want to score as much as possible. I did not score anymore the past two, three games but the coach kept his confidence. He still counted on me. I had to adapt when I arrived here. In the beginning of the season, I played as winger but the coach told me I would get chances as central attacker later on. My brother called me this week and he told me just to play like before and to ask no questions. We are almost unbeatable at home. We made a lot of goals and have a good defence which is the perfect mix to become champion. We really started to believe in our chances when we beat Gent at home and confirmed afterwards by winning at Gent.&quot;&nbsp;<strong>(KN)</strong></p>

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<strong>Thomas MEUNIER</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;This year was exceptional on our own field&rdquo;</strong><br />
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Thomas Meunier had more than his share in this title of the Blues. He gave the assist for the opening goal of Diaby on Sunday. The Red Devil clearly enjoyed afterwards. &quot;My selection for the European Championships is a beautiful reward and we qualify for the Champions League because we seize the title. It was a good week. This year was really exceptional on our own field. We only lost against Anderlecht. We now get the reward after working hard. It was not always easy to deal with the pressure this week. The media increased the suspension. But we have a staff that keeps us calm. You could see that at our performance on the field. The role of Preud&#39;homme was to make players better. He worked very hard from the start till the end. Club will now try to keep the players and staff&nbsp;together for the Champions League. But we will celebrate first. Club arranged something for us so that we can enjoy this incredible moment. Two more games are following afterwards. We will also try to win at Zulte and at home against Oostende. For ourselves and for the fans.&quot;&nbsp;<strong>(KN)</strong></p>

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<strong>Michel PREUD&rsquo;HOMME</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;We are the deserved champion&rdquo;</strong></p>
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Michel Preud&rsquo;homme saw incredible fans. &quot;We again saw the hunger of our fans when we went from the hotel to the stadium. Normally that trip lasts ten minutes but this time it lasted thirty minutes because the fans blocked everything. This even motivated our team more and was translated in the game. We put high pressure from kickoff. We did not allow Anderlecht to play their normal game and the two goals of Diaby gave us confidence. We played a very good game. Anderlecht only had one chance via Acheampong. We kept everything under control for the remainder. We played the perfect game. After the 1-4 at Gent, 4-0 against Anderlecht... I think we are the deserved champion.&quot;<br />
Michel Preud&rsquo;homme arrived in September 2013 with the mission to give the Blues the title. He now succeeded. &quot;When I arrived here, I immediately made clear that I needed time. I only have a certain kind of recipe. Psychologically, on the field and physically. But it requires time to put all noses in the same direction. Moreover, we are in Belgium and good players are transferred often. We were very hungry last year and did not choose. We won the Cup and the quarter-finals in the Europe League are also a price for me. This year we sacrificed everything for the title and we now get the reward.&quot;<br />
Michel Preud&#39;homme can now again extend his list of achievements. &quot;I feel the same proudness as when I got the title with Standard after 25 years. This gives a lot of satisfaction. The public always supported us. It is not easy for me here in Brugge, but everyone always kept confidence in me. I always remained fighting for them when it went less good. Whether I will stay? We first have to celebrate this title now. Two more games follow afterwards and we will see it then.&quot;<br />
The coach of the Blues believes that more years of success will follow now. &quot;Club Brugge have structure and strong people in the board. Winning the first title was maybe the most difficult thing. We have very intelligent and passionated people that will make Club Brugge very strong in the future.&quot;&nbsp;<strong>(SF)</strong></p>

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<strong>Bart VERHAEGHE</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;This title is for everyone with a warm heart for Club&ldquo;&nbsp;</strong></p>
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An emotional president Bart Verhaeghe watched the crazy festivities and spoke with the press on the field. &quot;I am grateful, very grateful. I am grateful for the players, the technical staff but also for our fans. They had to wait so long for this so this title is also for the fans&quot;, says Verhaeghe in a first reaction. &quot;At Club it is not about me but about everyone with a warm heart for the Blues. Again, this title is for the players, the staff, all the people that contribute behind the screens and also our fans. They had to look forward to this for a long time and this is our way to give them something back. This is a durable story and it has to remain like this. A quarter final in the Europe League, two Cup finals with one victory, three times the first place after the regular league... It is clear that Club is the best team of the past years. Unfortunately, it always went wrong in the play-offs. Now we succeeded. Club is and remains a top team, we belong on the first place. This is certainly not misplaced arrogance but we invested a lot in our team, our&nbsp;technical staff and the broader framework&nbsp;the past couple of years&quot;, says the president who already looks forward to the Champions League. &quot;Of course, I am looking forward to that because this is good for our image. Participating at the highest level has to be a dream and challenge for everyone. We are really hungry. We do not want to represent us in a bad way in the Champions League and we are already preparing next season behind the screens. How? Allow me not to respond to that for the moment and to enjoy this title...&quot;&nbsp;(<strong>MV)</strong></p>

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<strong>Mathew RYAN</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;I am very happy to experience this special day live&rdquo;</strong></p>
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Mathew Ryan got his deserved &quot;Blue Shoe&quot; before kickoff and could experience the top game between Club and Anderlecht live. &quot;I always hoped to come back to this team because I thank a lot to Club&quot;, says the ex-goalkeeper of the Blues. &quot;And I am here exactly on the day that the Blues become champion. My prior team immediately showed that they wanted to obtain the title today and Anderlecht did not have a chance. The 4-0 gives a right view&nbsp;on the game. I also obtained a price last year, the Cup of Belgium, which is certainly not bad but I of course also wanted to become champion once. I made the decision to change Brugge for Valencia this summer, so I do not have to complain now. I can perfectly understand the happiness&nbsp;of the fans after eleven long years. They deserve it. I will also celebrate a bit with my many good friends here and I fly back to Spain tomorrow.&quot; <strong>(FDC)&nbsp;</strong></p>

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