After 4.5 long months without football in Belgium, we will start again on August 1 with a stunner of size. Club Brugge and Antwerp compete with the Cup of Belgium as their bet. A clash between two top clubs, who unfortunately have to leave their fanatical followers at home.
Abdominal cramps and goers
We are four months later than the original date of the cup final and it was decided that newcomers are not eligible to play. Leko cannot therefore rely on B. Verstraete, Boya and the other newcomers. In addition, the contracts of Hoedt, Defour, Mirallas, Bolat, Teunckens, Arslanagic and Gano were not renewed. For example, enfant terrible Lamkel Zé was quickly added to the A-core, because Leko has absolutely no surplus of players.
Then the situation at Club Brugge is much more stable: the same trainer and, after Openda and Tau, the same core players. However, on the eve of the final, Philippe Clement had to determine that four key pawns –Mechele, Ricca, Balanta and Dennis – had intestinal problems. If they do not get fit, it is puzzling for the Bruges trainer.
Stakes are high
The interests were never so great in the ‘opener’ of the season. There is a very interesting European ticket at stake for Antwerp and a historic double title cup for Club Brugge. Hopefully this will not make it a nervous affair, but both teams and coaches – who know each other through and through – will make it a spectacle.
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