Club Brugge will have to keep its dream of achieving the national double in the fridge for at least a few more months. After all, the Dutch champion went down surprisingly against Antwerp FC in the cup final on Saturday evening. Coach Philippe Clement did not make such a good turn this time.
For example, the ‘Trainer of the Year’ raised the eyebrows with some questionable choices. He had Youssouph Badji, the revelation of the preparation, start on the couch, for example. When the young Senegalese came in, however, there was much more depth at Club. Siebe Schrijvers, who completed the preparation in an impressive manner, also had to make peace with a substitution.
In addition, Clement decided to take the risk of starting Eder Balanta instead of Mats Rits. However, the Colombian had only just recovered from an intestinal virus and eventually played a lousy match. Finally, he used the long ball strikingly often, while the Bruges attackers were not exactly very strong. On social media, Clement therefore had to pay for its own supporters.
A winning coach is always right, a losing ball. Philippe Clement may sometimes stand in front of the mirror: why he started without @matsrits and Badji is a mystery to me, @EderBalantaCF and Okereke fell completely by the basket #failure @ClubBrugge #cluent
– Gerry Braes (@kneet) August 1, 2020
Why Clement sticks to the tactics of playing high balls / crosses in times where only a Writer and Shaper are in front of me remains a mystery. Something I have been wondering from the end of last season .. #CluAnt
– Brian Van de Voorde (@brianvdvoorde) August 1, 2020
Feel that this may also be due to Clement. Long balls on Charles and Okereke? Badji and Schrijvers were bright spots but sat on the couch. Clement that goes wrong here anyway. Hans and our captain of course also below average
– Jurgen Vertongen (@jurgenfcb) August 1, 2020
Clement loses match gwn. Throw away all preparation and takes team last year …
Badji most dangerous and CDK good. Wrm bring Rits if Antwerp was already dead and you have to score …
— kevin dierckx (@dierckx_kev) August 1, 2020
Looking forward to a real match for months #ClubBrugge and then see this. Fan of Clement, but I missed Leko’s grinta. Why always those long balls too? Does not work against Antwerp! Keep your feet on the ground after defeats against Ghent & Antwerp! #CluAnt
– Nico Vanhaelen (@NVanhael) August 1, 2020
Clement also has to question his position: Mata, Balanta have not completed a full preparation and yet you start with this ?? #CluAnt
– Steven Lemmens (@ lemmenssteven1) August 1, 2020
#CluAnt 2021 will not be the year of a new title … lambs … amai and Clement just think carefully …
– Bart Neckebroeck (@BNeckebroeck) August 1, 2020
POLL: Clement should always have started Badji …