Club Brugge and Royal Antwerp FC can make history. Club won the double in 1996, Antwerp in 1992 the last cup. Franky Van der Elst (Club Brugge) and Cisse Severeyns (Antwerp) were there at the time. Our editorial team had a conversation with them.
Club Brugge starts as a big favorite. “A cup final is always difficult to predict, because anything can happen in that. It is clear that Club Brugge is a favorite, especially since Antwerp will be very different. A number of players left and the acquisitions are not allowed to play. In March it was a different matter with the team that Antwerp had then, “said Van der Elst.
Severeyns agrees with Van der Elst. “Club Brugge is of course the big favorite, because it can still have its entire team. If Antwerp still had a 30 or 40% chance of winning in March, that is still about 10% with the current team that may take office. Yet Antwerp could have done it differently. Players like Sinan Bolat, Wesley Hoedt and Steven Defour do not have a new club yet and perhaps could have been committed longer and finished this match. ”
Badji at Lamkel Zé
They have two separate cases at Club and Antwerp: Youssouph Badji who had a strong preparation at Club, Didier Lamkel Zé was present at Antwerp. “It is good that a talent like Badji comes to the surface and he still shows that he has potential and a nose for goals. Nevertheless, it is necessary for Club Brugge that they have a striker such as a Wesley. They also have European ambitions and then a strong striker is needed. They had that plan with Krmencik, but that seems to be going to fail, “says Van der Elst.
Severeyns sees that Lamkel Zé gets another chance. “Yes, Lamkel Zé … Possible transfer money determines a lot and I think this will be his last convulsion. I expect him to make minutes after all. That they might want to put him in the picture again in the cup final? I think so. Also a lot of teams will be interested in the football player Lamkel Zé, but all those negative qualities that come with it do not make a transfer easy. ”
At Club they crave a first double in 24 years. Van der Elst was there in 1996 when Club managed to do that for the last time. It won the title and took the cup against Cercle Brugge.
“It’s been a long time, so I don’t remember much of that (laughs). It says enough that it has been so long since Club Brugge won a double, which means that it is certainly not that easy. This can be an extra motivation for the current team. I remember it was not an easy match against Cercle. We had already become champions a few weeks earlier and it was not easy to keep that focus. Fortunately, we could count on Mario Stanic’s class, who then scored twice. You can now compare that team from then with that of today. We also had a lot of players who could score and that is now also the case with Vanaken, Vormer, Dennis on his way and Diatta. “
– #Club needs top striker
– Claudio Reulens 💻⚽ (@CReulens) August 1, 2020
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