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Antwerp can start the competition in-house a week after the historic cup victory. Can The Great Old build on the successes of the previous seasons? Or does Mouscron throw the many question marks overboard?
A week after the euphoric victory against Club Brugge, Antwerp starts the Jupiler Pro League. Will Ivan Leko again choose the eleven that he kicked off in the cup final? “If you have a good group then that list of eleven or eighteen is the hardest thing there is for a coach. On the one hand I respect that principle and on the other I want to put together the best players of the moment, “Ivan Leko explained. For the match against Mouscron, the trainer can simply fish his players from a larger pond. Boys who were not entitled to play before the final, such as Birger and Louis Verstraete, Frank Boya and Nill De Pauw, may be on the match sheet.
And then there are the guys who were allowed to fill in the cup final or had to stay on the bench. They want to prove their trainer wrong. Ivo Rodrigues, for example, or Koji Miyoshi. But perhaps the most difficult issue is that of the goalkeepers. He gives confidence to Davor Matijas again. He kept the zero in the cup final, but is more of a future. Jean Butez and Alireza Beiranvand were taken to battle each other. The Iranian slid around his knee at the lunch table with a thick pass of ice, but has nothing serious.
After weeks of indulging in the cup final and the euphoria afterwards, Antwerp will face an opponent of another caliber: Mouscron. Leko wants to see his troops as sharp as possible and still considers Club Brugge as the big title favorite. The aim of Antwerp is of course to put blue and black to the test. “We shouldn’t be thinking about Club. They are a few steps ahead of us. We have to look at ourselves, how we can improve ourselves. We must learn from this victory against them and believe that we can only achieve anything through teamwork, “he concluded.
Royal Excel Mouscron:
Due to the financial problems, Mouscron was looking for a new buyer. The previous owner Pairoj Piempongsant had little to do with the club. The new owner came in the form of Gerard Lopez, who also owns the French city of Lille. Those two clubs are barely 25 km apart, so Lopez saw an opportunity. Lille is supposed to store some young talents in Mouscron, but Lopez does not want to hear the word satellite club. “Mouscron will not be a satellite club. It’s just one of my companies, just like Lille. The intention is that the two clubs will lend players to each other, “said Lopez.
Since the takeover by Lille is a fact, things suddenly go very fast in Mouscron. No less than twelve new players in a few days. On Thursday, Les Hurlus also announced its technical staff for next season, including some new faces. The team around T1 Fernando Da Cruz was presented on Thursday. Her website speaks of a ‘multidisciplinary and experienced team’. Jérémy Dos Santos and Andre Monteiro, who has a history at Porto, will be the assistants of the French T1.
Mouscron saw many players leave, including a whole army of defenders. But in the meantime, the selection for next season seems to be gradually getting round. Thanks, of course, to Lille, which already sent half a team of mercenaries to Mouscron. Nevertheless, Mouscron is also looking further for other reinforcements and now the club would have hooked a very expensive bird. The Romanian Andrei Chindris has to give Mouscron some more defensive options. For the 21-year-old defender, Mouscron explains no less than 700,000 euros.
Antwerp vs Mouscron head to head matches
02.11.19 JL Mouscron Antwerp 3 : 1
26.12.18 JL Antwerp Mouscron 2 : 1
11.08.18 JL Mouscron Antwerp 0 : 1
09.12.17 JL Antwerp Mouscron 1 : 0
29.10.17 JL Mouscron Antwerp 2 : 2