Reactions after Zulte Waregem - Club Brugge

After the draw at Zulte Waregem, we gathered reactions by José Izquierdo, Wesley Moraes, Ruud Vormer, Timmy Simons and coach Michel Preud’homme.

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<strong>Jos&eacute; IZQUIERDO</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Keep showing the right mentality&rdquo;</strong></p>
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Making his come-back from injury, Jos&eacute; Izquierdo was unable to help Club to a win.&nbsp; &ldquo;I&#39;m very happy to be back, but this wasn&#39;t an easy game. I still lacked some rhythm, and it took some getting used to the distances and the pace. It just felt differently, but needless to say that I am glad to be back. We now need to keep showing the right mentality to continue these play-offs. Everyone is discussing our recent form, but within our group we talk about the most important things. It&#39;s true that we haven&#39;t won in three, but we&#39;re doing everything we can to get back to our winning ways.&rdquo;<br />
Despite the six points gap with Anderlecht, Izquierdo is still not letting go of Club&#39;s title aspirations. &ldquo;Of course I still believe we can do it! Even if things aren&#39;t going our way right now, we should keep our heads up. Seven more finals await us, so everything&#39;s still possible. It&#39;s a challenge, obviously, but it will mainly depend on ourselves.&rdquo;<br />
Club&#39;s forward will not hear of added pressure. &ldquo;I&#39;m not feeling extra stress. We are one whole, and we all have our qualities. It&#39;s vital to stick together as a group and go into the final games like that: as a team. If we do so, I reckon things will turn out right for us.&rdquo; <strong>(TM)</strong></p>

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<strong>Wesley MORAES</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Would trade my goal for a win in a heartbeat&rdquo;</strong></p>
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For the third time in three games, Wesley Moraes made his way to the back of the nets, but nonetheless, the Brazilian was unhappy with today&#39;s result. &ldquo;I&#39;m happy that I scored, but I&#39;d trade that goal for a Club win within a heartbeat. Scoring goals will always be important, but victories bring us so much further.&rdquo;<br />
Three games, three starts, three goals for Club&#39;s forward. &ldquo;That&#39;s correct, so I reckon the coach must be happy with my performance. It&#39;s now up to me to maintain this level and to keep helping the team any which way I can.&rdquo; <strong>(TM)</strong></p>

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<strong>Ruud VORMER</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Beat Anderlecht on Sunday&rdquo;</strong></p>
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Not entirely happy with today&#39;s outcome, Ruud Vormer was still not prepared to throw in the towel. &ldquo;These are the play-offs and everything&#39;s possible. We&#39;ll be playing Anderlecht on Sunday, so we have to try and claim a win there. I do realise that it&#39;s been some time since we last won there, but that doesn&#39;t mean it&#39;s impossible.&rdquo;<br />
Vormer sees no doubt or lack of motivation within the group. &ldquo;We all do our best, but things just aren&#39;t going our way right now. If you look at Anderlecht&#39;s game at Ostend: they concede a penalty kick, but their goalie saves the day. They now have that bit of luck we also had last season. We now need to try and turn around this situation, starting on Sunday against Anderlecht. We just have to break that bad track record!&rdquo;<strong> (TM)</strong></p>

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<strong>Timmy SIMONS</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;Details decide on who wins and who loses&rdquo;</strong></p>
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In his 425th game in Club jersey, Timmy Simons fouled Sander Coopman leading up to the 1-0. &ldquo;I haven&#39;t seen any footage just yet, so it&#39;s not for me to say if it was correct. I didn&#39;t see Cooman coming, and he was just quicker to the ball than I was.&rdquo;<br />
Despite the point loss, Simons was still happy with how the game turned out in the end. &ldquo;We knew that drawing level would be tricky, but still managed to do so. We showed that we were still eager.&rdquo;<br />
Two out of nine, not exactly perfect figures for Club Brugge, seeing Anderlecht widen the gap to six points. The two teams will be meeting on Sunday. &ldquo;Playing Anderlecht is always special, it&#39;s the type of game that is always risky.&rdquo;<br />
No question of giving up, with seven more games to come. &ldquo;We showed the right mentality today. Details will always decide on who wins and who loses in these play-offs. We now have two out of nine, but it could just as well have been nine out of nine&rdquo;, Simons concluded.<strong> (WD)</strong></p>

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<strong>Michel PREUD&rsquo;HOMME</strong></p>
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<strong>&ldquo;I prefer action over reaction&rdquo;</strong></p>
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Michel Preud&rsquo;homme saw how his team fought back after having conceded two goals. &quot;I&#39;m happy with how my players reacted, but not with the way they took on the game. I prefer action over reaction. We just started out too meekly. We fell short in every aspect of the game: second ball, duelling, you name it. So it&#39;s only logical that you concede goals against a strong outfit. An explanation? If we knew the solution, we would have alreay solved it months ago. We&#39;ve been hitting that same nail for a long time now, and in some games we do start out in full focus. But apparently that&#39;s not something they can do for every game. Some of our players went to great lengths in the past two years. Mental fatigue? That could be an explanation, but when you try to reach for the highest goals, you should be able to bring everything to the table week after week. It&#39;s okay to dream about the future, but you first have to show what you&#39;ve got on the pitch.&rdquo;<br />
The draw means Club now trails six points behind leaders Anderlecht. &ldquo;That&#39;s a lot, but you never know in the play-offs. Three years ago, everyone had already written off Anderlecht but they still managed to come back. When you take a look at our three games so far, you can argue that we could have gotten more out of it too. Five or six out of nine would have been a completely different ball game. We also conceded three penalties, two of which were incorrect. Things aren&#39;t going our way right now, while Anderlecht is apparently in the flow. That&#39;s where the difference lies just now.&rdquo; <strong>(SF)</strong></p>

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