Wednesday 5 October 2022 00:15

Simon Mignolet: “Nine out of nine is a fantastic start”

A mature game by Club, making the most of those moments you need to seize when playing Atlético. Simon Mignolet helped Club to a third consecutive Champions League clean sheet.

“Unbelievable. At the start of this campaign, I urged for better defending, but three clean sheets so far... That's a great bonus. It helps you towards great stability, offering yourself the best chance to grab those three points. Nine out of nine is a fantastic start, and again we just deserved this win. We really seized our moments. We could have trailed in the first half, and scored just then. We were under pressure in the second half, there's no denying that. But we scored with perfect timing. Then there's that spot kick, and it also didn't go in. You just know it's going to be a great night then. I'm thrilled to be a part of this. The atmosphere with the fans was just amazing. A beautiful night not only for Club, but for all of Belgian football.”

Simon Mignolet
Simon Mignolet

It turned out to be a night to remember. “This will be high on my experiences as a player. The feeling that this win would mean a lot and that this would be another big step was just tangible within the stadium. I have had so many great experiences here at Club Brugge. But we still need to take that extra step, we are not there just yet. We need to grab the points we need in the three remaining games.”

A couple more points for Club will take them to the next round. "We learned a lot from the past campaigns. We've grown more efficient and mature. There were a number of situations that could have made us lose this game too, but we also managed to makte the most of those moments we got. That's a huge step in the right direction. There are only big teams in the Champions League. In the end, it all comes down to details, and we have been able to make them go our way in these past three games. That's how you win games of this calibre.”

Club is now six points ahead of the competition. “With Porto winning against Leverkusen, that's just great. I know that teams starting with 9 out of9 have always made it to the next round, but I do not want to be the first that doesn't. We just need to retain our cool, and enjoy this night. We will be taking on the next games with great courage and try to clinch the deal.” (KN)

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