On Sunday, we open matchday twenty-eight with a game between Anderlecht and Mouscron. A very important duel for the home team to win back the supporters a bit. Mouscron is saved and can therefore start the race without complexes.
This is not Anderlecht anymore. Already for two months, without control. Almost at the begging staff during the winter season. Danig in the red numbers. And sporting all the way: it has been twenty years since Anderlecht could not win five consecutive matches. Draws against Waasland-Beveren and Mechelen, defeats against Ostend and STVV. Nobody is still afraid of purple-white and they have to worry about it seriously. Especially because the team only appears to have serving players, and no defining players.
On the last matchday, Anderlecht visited Sint-Truiden. It was already from 2009 that Anderlecht lost on Stayen. A deep shove of Chuba Akpom after half an hour was enough, even though goalkeeper Mats Sels was not completely free. And ready, that’s how simple Anderlecht is at the moment. ‘This is no longer the Anderlecht that play football with confidence’, STVV coach Jonas De Roeck kicked in the open door afterwards.
“And yet we are still Anderlecht,” a strikingly mild Hein Vanhaezebrouck said afterwards. With Sven Kums, Adrien Trebel, Kara Mbodj and Henri Onyekuru we miss four defining players. And our assist king Soufiane Hanni is gone. We play with the youngest team in Belgium, I can not blame the boys. We had control, but then our own supporters struck. And purple-white completely collapsed. The goal of Akpom was immediately decisive. ‘
Mouscron is after a very good start and the quick certainty about preservation has been busy for a while to make the season full. Remarkably, the news was that trainer Mircea Rednic was fired. The reason would be that his ambitions did not match the ambitions of the club. No good prospects with it also on the next season. The new trainer, Frank Defays, debuted in the highest class with a point against the surprisingly strong Waasland-Beveren.
A new coach always creates a new wind. Les Hurlus presented in a 4-4-2 formation. That was not the same as the five-man defense that the Rednic has often been using lately. It led to Mouscron being able to put a lot of pressure forward. In a pleasant first half both teams could score a goal. The visitors took more and more initiative after the break and that paid off. Mouscron put everything to reverse the backlog. Bruno Godeau scored, but his goal was rightly disapproved for being sidelined. Substitute Selim Amallah nevertheless kicked a falling ball inside.
A point against Waasland-Beveren was enough for the mathematical preservation and of course trainer Frank Defays was satisfied with his debut. “What did I most enjoy? The team spirit. They have not let go and that mentality touches me, “he says. ‘At the moment that no one expected it, we came back. That’s fantastic. We have seen two teams that, even at 2-2, went for profit. “, Defays said.
Insider TIP: Over 2.5 goals – 1.59