Tuesday 8 December 2020 21:45

Simon Mignolet: “Showed what Club Brugge stands for”

Simon Mignolet played close to the half way line for about the entire second half, and saw his team withstand Lazio's attempts to widen the gap. Club came inches close of scoring a third after Vanaken's equaliser, but that wretched crossbar stood in the way of a prolonged stay in the Champions League.

“Unbelievable.... We didn't start out well, conceded a goal soon, but fought our way back. After that, there's that silly mistake. After that red card, and at half time it was a matter of keeping our heads high and make sure that we wouldn't suffer a trashing. And you never know: textbook situation, a long ball ending up with the right man. 2-2, and that'll cause a stir, and you never know what might happen. And that's exactly how it came about. We tried everything. We showed what Club Brugge stands for. The game's only just over, so we will need to make our analysis still. But we came so close, even with ten.”

Simon Mignolet
Simon Mignolet

Well into stoppage time, Blue and Black had one final chance to claim the win, but Charles De Ketelaere attempt from an acute angle stranded against the crossbar. “It was all in the way the cookie crumbles. We gave it our everything, particularly in the second half. Albeit with a bit of risk-taking, but that's what you have to do when you're down to ten. It's a pity, but we showed what we are capable of once again. Six points against Zenit, and we haven't lost against Lazio, even down to ten. That means something. It's a big step forward compared to last season's CL campaign. We came so close in the final second. When the Groups were drawn, I already said it would be down to the very last game. But in fact, it was up until the very last second that we could have made it. But it didn't pan out. For our young boys it's an unbelievable experience. They should take everything they can from this and let it bring them to even bigger performances in the future.” (KN)

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