Reactions after Club Brugge - Charleroi

The 1-0 win against Charleroi in the bag, our web team had a talk with Tom De Sutter, Lior Refaelov, Mathew Ryan, Thomas Meunier and coach Michel Preud'homme.

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<strong>Tom DE SUTTER</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Nice to be decisive&ldquo;</strong></p>
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Tom De Sutter&#39;s sole goal was enough to put Club past Charleroi after a nerve wrecking game. The forward was clearly happy. &ldquo;It&#39;s great to score again and be decisive, but in the end the win is all that counts, so I&#39;m happy to put my personal interests after that of the team. We knew this was going to be a tough game, against a team that had had only conceded two goals in the last seven games. Nevertheless, we started out well, with lots of forward pressure. Not all that easy on a pitch like this. The pitch will be working against us in the future too, but at the time being, we&#39;re trying to make the most of it. It calls for efficiency, and making the most of the small amount of chances we get. Fortunately I was able to break the deadlock early in the game, even if I missed out on a second later on in the game. After the break, our performance was not up to par, but we fought hard to keep that clean sheet.&rdquo; <strong>(MV)</strong></p>

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<strong>Lior REFAELOV</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Important to take the lead&rdquo;</strong></p>
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With a neat through-pass, Lior Refaelov teed up Tom De Sutter on his way to the deciding goal. &ldquo;We knew we were going to have a hard time against this Charleroi, and that&#39;s why it was vital to take the lead. We intended to strengthen our midfield with Claudemir and Vormer to break down their organisation. In the first half, that bit of tactic worked out well; in the second half, we were under pressure, also because Charleroi pushed forward. This without any clear chances, however. We weren&#39;t able to create any further danger either, and you could feel the tension rise as the game progressed. It shouldn&#39;t be like that, but after a while you start thinking more of defending that 1-0 than to widening the gap. I think this win is also important for our moral. We kept a clean sheet, and some opponents lost points, even if this is not relevant at this point. As of tomorrow, our focus is on our next mission in Europea vs Besiktas, not exactly an easy task if you ask me.&rdquo; <strong>(FDC)</strong></p>

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<strong>Mathew RYAN</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;The victory is all that mattered&rdquo;</strong></p>
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The hearts of the crowd at Jan Breydel stopped as the Club defense and goalie Ryan fumbled and nearly offered the visitors the equaliser on a plate with a short back-pass. Mathew Ryan fully realised that Club got very lucky on two such situations. &ldquo;I&#39;m fully convinced that none of my defenders are to blame. The only reason why it happened is the state of the pitch, and that&#39;s it. Okay, those passes may have been too hard or too short, but it&#39;s extremely hard not to make any mistakes. Today&#39;s performance was not up to standard, I do realise that, but we all fought to keep the three points at home. Charleroi was in for a fight, and that&#39;s what happened. All that mattered was the victory and the three points. Games like these call for a complete focus as a goalie, as you need to be able to react in any situation. I think our performance as a team was okay, because we all knew it was hard against hard. It&#39;s clear that we have the end of the regular league in clear view, and this makes it hard on any team right now. Just take a look at tonight&#39;s results. We managed to keep a clean sheet once again, which is very important too, also keeping in mind the games to come.&rdquo;<strong> (FDC)</strong></p>

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<strong>Thomas MEUNIER</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;One of our strong suits is to make up for absences&rdquo;</strong></p>
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Thomas Meunier just covered his 150th league game at Club when he approached the mixed zone. Club won, but with a narrow margin. &quot;Our aim was not to allow Charleroi an upset, and take control of the game. A quick goal was of the essence. It&#39;s a pity we didn&#39;t add more. The first half was ours, but in the second half they mounted the pressure. This didn&#39;t lead to any big chances, but they were dangerous on the break some times. Club put up a good defensive block, and we all chipped in for this victory. It&#39;s not like we played bad. The three men in midfield were very complimentary: Simons managed recuperation, Claudemir helped out in attack, and Vormer assisted our forward. We&#39;ve been playing two games a week since September. We have the group to do so, and today&#39;s game was the perfect example. Vazquez, Izquierdo and Gedoz were all out, but we managed without them. It&#39;s one of our strong suits to make up for absences. The Cup and the title are Club Brugge&#39;s main goals. Anderlecht won in closing time, and Kortrijk is also hanging on. We do make some headway when it comes to Standard. But they will also play their part in the play-offs, just like Gent. I hope the pitch will get better, however, as a lot of games still have to be played on it. One month after the installation, passing is not easy, which is dangerous. It&#39;s very tough to play on.&rdquo;<br />
On Thursday, Club will be playing the first leg of the EL Round of 16. &ldquo;I reckon it&#39;s a fine draw. Personally, I don&#39;t think Be?ikta? is any stronger than we are. Anderlecht showed it was stronger than Galatasaray. We should also be able to beat them. It&#39;s an advantage to be playing them at home first. We have to try and create a gap in that game, so we can travel to Istanbul with an easy mind. The game in Turkey will be frenetic, so we have to play that one in block. They won&#39;t lack motivation, if you see how they played Liverpool. Getting past them should be possible. In the Europa League, you get to play teams that are better than the average Belgian team. That comes as a great motivation.&rdquo;<strong> (KN)</strong></p>

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<strong>Michel PREUD&rsquo;HOMME</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Group mentality was splendid&rdquo;</strong></p>
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A relieved Michel Preud&rsquo;homme saw how his team beat Charleroi. &ldquo;I&#39;m thoroughly happy with this win. We played a team that is among the three best playing teams in Belgium. We showed them respect, which was called for in order to win this game. We lacked some creativity, which made us play a lot more direct than usual. I think this upset Charleroi, but after a while they managed to get past that. Our group mentallity was splendid. This is a good win against a very strong outfit. Sometimes you win with a great build-up and some refined football, but sometimes you just have to play a&nbsp; mature game and just score one more goal than your opponent. One opportunity, that was all that was in it for them, and it was that pass back by Duarte that fell short.&rdquo;<br />
Blauw-Zwart was unable to reach its high level, but it&#39;s not hard to find the real culprit: the bad condition of the pitch. &ldquo;It works in our disadvantage. Whether we plan on installing a new onE? Club is willing to do so if that&#39;s our best option. But we&#39;ll be taking that decision when it&#39;s needed.&rdquo;<br />
Apart from the injured Engels, Vazquez, Oulare and Gedoz, Preud&rsquo;homme now also added Jos&eacute; Izquierdo to his list of absentees. &ldquo;He had been training as usual the entire week, but he called our physician yesterday complaining of thigh pain. Chances were real that we were gonig to miss out on him for five to six weeks, so we kept him sidelined. We&#39;ll have to wait and see whether he&#39;ll be able to make it for Thursday. In any event, I hope Oulare will be able to join the group at training shortly.&rdquo;<strong> (SF)</strong></p>

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