Opening act of 2022: Club Brugge - STVV
The Jan Breydel stadium will be the host of our first game of this new year.
Not the easiest task for our Canaries, but a challenge our players are ready to face. "We've been building up our confidence during the last three games. Everyone understands now what they have to do and after two weeks of preparation, we are still with the same spirit", said Junior Pius. With a backline Bauer - Leistner - Pius, the Canaries might have found a good balance in the defence. "You know, every player that will be on the field will be 100% focussed. It doesn't matter if I start or another guy. We play in a different way now and I think quality-wise, everybody can bring the same, because we all trained hard.", concluded the giant defender.
The Yellow and Blues have not won a single game at the Jan Breydel since 1956 but the win against Eupen and the defeat of the Blauw en Zwart against Cercle keeps Coach Hollerbach's team's hopes up. Club will also have to cope with the suspension of Noa Lang during the game. "Club Brugge is not centered around Noa Lang at the moment. They have quality players at every position and they can be dangerous from everywhere. So it'll be a matter of concentration from everybody in the team.", argued our number 40.
Hans Vanaken's teammates also have a new coach, but that doesn't scare Junior. "I think it can be in our advantage. Either the coach changes the tactics but it means that it'll not be 100% mastered by their team and will give us opportunities. Or he decides to use the same tactic as before, and then we know how they will play."
Thankfully most of the players are now back after being in quarantine. The winter preparation didn't happen in the best circumstances and the Canaries might lack a bit of match rhythm. Not a big deal for the Nigerian defender: "I don't think this affected us in any way. We all trained really really hard, even the players who were kept at home. Physically, we are there. And mentally, we're going to take this game into our hands. I can't wait for Saturday to be honest and I think my teammates too!"
Our latest recruit, Shinji Kagawa, won't be in Belgium for the game of Saturday. Eventhough he wouldn't have been eligible for the game, his arrival in our country has been delayed for administrative reasons but our sportive department is giving its best to get him as soon as possible in Sint-Truiden.
Follow our game at home on Eleven Sports and send us positive vibes! Kick off is at 20.45.