Reactions after Standard - Club Brugge

After the neat 1-3 win at Standard, we had a talk with Mathew Ryan, Ruud Vormer, Timmy Simons, Tom De Sutter and assistant coach Philippe Clement.

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<strong>Mathew RYAN</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Again proved resilient after the early opener&rdquo;</strong></p>
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Standard had a great opportunity to pick itself up after the defeat against Feyenoord just a couple of days ago. The home team evne took a 1-0 lead, but Club Brugge once again showed that it&#39;s no coincidence the team is in the number one spot. &ldquo;It&#39;s true that we were wary of today&#39;s opponent&quot;, Mathew Ryan addressed the press. &ldquo;It was clear from the start that Standard desperately wanted to beat us today, fired on by their many fans, but that turned out badly. There was not much I could do about their goal. Faty&#39;s shot got deflected off Oscar&#39;s leg, which threw me off and made it go in. Fortunately we stayed calm and took matters in hand. It goes to show just how much quality our team has at this point, and just how much character we can show in times like these. After my second save of the game, I was forced to get some treatment, as the ball hit me on the right hand side of my head, blurring my vision for a short bit of time. I was able to continue on, however, and now it&#39;s back to normal. 1-3 is obviously a fantastic result, even if Standard doesn&#39;t seem to be just as strong as last season. They sold some qualitative players, but that&#39;s not for us to worry about, of course. We now need the next days to recover from this game, as on Wednesday another sturdy opponent awaits in KV Mechelen.&rdquo; <strong>(FDC)</strong></p>

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<strong>Ruud VORMER</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Tough game on an awful pitch&rdquo;</strong></p>
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Not just the forwards at Club are making their way to the score line; danger is coming from all sides. This time, Ruud Vormer added another to his tally. &ldquo;This was a tough game for us, on an awful pitch&quot;, the Dutchman started out. &quot;Standard may have been going through a rut, but it&#39;s still a team with a lot of qualitye. You could see that from kick-off, them going for it 100% and scoring the opener. It made our mission that bit more difficult. We took it on a bit too relaxed, I think, but after that we stood up in style. We were better in duels, and you could see that this team can play some really good football. And there&#39;s no getting around our golden duo Vazquez-Refaelov, taking the game in hand once we were trailing, helping us in rectifying the crooked situation in a matter of minutes. Our third goal cut them off. Tomorrow, the Europa League draw awaits, and on Wednesday we travel to KV Mechelen for a Belgian Cup game. It&#39;s a very busy time for us until the end of the year.&rdquo; <strong>(FDC)</strong></p>

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<strong>Timmy SIMONS</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Vital save by Ryan&rdquo;</strong></p>
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Once again, Timmy Simons pulled in a massive performance in midfield. Club&#39;s skipper was happy with the win. &quot;There&#39;s no such thing as the perfect game, but we did play an excellent game today. We allowed them hardly any chances, and created a number ourselves. We came close through Izquierdo a couple of times. Unfortunately they didn&#39;t go in, and with fifteen minutes to go we could have been even worse off. Fortunately Mathew Ryan produced another important save. He was there when called upon. We are having a great run, but it&#39;s still early days. Right now we have to keep working hard and remain focused.&rdquo; <strong>(SF)</strong></p>

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<strong>Tom DE SUTTER</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;1-3 is a solid result at Sclessin&rdquo;</strong></p>
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Coming in halfway through the second half, Tom De Sutter produced a decisive assist, teeing up Ruud Vormer. &ldquo;Pity that I didn&#39;t start, but the games are following up swiftly, and our rotation system is bearing fruit. The coach asked me to stay in possession and try to add that third goal. I played my part with that assist. 1-3 at Sclessin, that&#39;s a solid result. Furthermore, it&#39;s great to be claiming points against a direct competitor..&rdquo; <strong>(SF)</strong></p>

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<strong>Philippe CLEMENT</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Lots of Finals await&rdquo;</strong></p>
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With Michel Preud&rsquo;homme out ill, Philippe Clement visited the press conference for Club. Club&#39;s T2 saw how Club played a very mature game at Sclessin. &ldquo;We knew this was going to get physical. A bad pitch, lots of dueling, so a tough game. We came prepared, but we still had some difficulty getting hld of that second ball in midfield. It was also the reason why they took the lead. We then pulled back Vormer a row, which gave us more grip in midfield, and allowed us to score twice before half time. After the break, we didn&#39;t allow them all that much, and even added a third. We knew that Standard would do anything to win here. You could see that in their mentality, but we demonstrated more quality.&rdquo;<br />
Club Brugge stacks up the great performances, but just like Preud&rsquo;homme, Clement keeps both feet firmly on the ground. &ldquo;Michel&#39;s work is very important. He&#39;s extremely motivated, day in day out, and demands the same of everyone at the club. It&#39;s still early days, but we need to try and keep this up until the end of the season. We get some confidence out of our current run too. The main difference with before is that we stay calm, and keep control of the game. You can see that this group has been playing together for over a year now, and has gone through a lot, so they know how to turn things around. It took some time to build this, which is perfectly normal, but at this point, our organisation is great. It&#39;s not a guarantee for results, however, and many finals still await. We&#39;re not looking at the other teams, though, and just try to get as many points as possible. In the play-offs, thirty points are to be won, so a lot can happen still.&rdquo; <strong>(MV/SF)</strong></p>

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