John van den Brom was in seventh heaven after qualifying for the cup final. After all, his Racing Genk team forced that qualification on the field of his ex-club Anderlecht, where Vincent Kompany reacted disappointed. “We actually didn’t give much away, except when we really gave it away,” said the Purple & White coach.
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“If you avoid Anderlecht 0-2 and they score the tying goal, and you have to go on with one man less for another 25 minutes, then you know it will come down to the physical. I have always told the boys that they are in good physical shape and they showed that again tonight ”, said a happy John van den Brom. “I’m not saying we won because of that, we won by taking the initiative from the start. As we liked. That results in a nice first goal, with a nice running action and finishing by Paul Onuachu, a finisher pur sang. And a ‘lucky’ second goal, we have to be honest about that too. But sometimes you have to be lucky in football. ”
“Reaching that final is an absolute team effort, that was also what we came for. We knew that you have to fight Anderlecht, and we did that, “said the Genk coach.” That Bryan (Heynen, ed.) apologize? Yes, that is nice. Bryan makes a mistake that forces Lucumi to pull the emergency brake. I haven’t seen the phase yet, but I assume the red card was correct. That is also inherent to football. But pride dominates. We lost twice against Anderlecht, and we win the most important match. Our goal was to go to Brussels again for the final. We have lived towards that from a good team spirit. Then it is great that you achieve that. “
The Dutchman did something that Genk just qualified on the field of Van den Brom’s ex-team. “If you want to reach a final somewhere, then preferably here in Anderlecht. I will always have a lot of respect for Anderlecht, I also have a lot of respect for Vincent Kompany. But we are very happy that we are going to the final at their expense. As we left the hotel this afternoon, the manager said ‘Coach, we’ll see you at the end of April’. It’s a beautiful evening. ”
“We can now enjoy it for a while, afterwards we have to quickly turn the button and focus on the competition. On Friday we will play again, coincidentally against Standard, later our opponent in the final. However, that will be a league game in which we want to grab points in the battle for Play-off 1 ”, the T1 of Genk said.
Vincent Kompany: “A few moments killed us”
At Anderlecht, the players were a lot of misery. “Play-off 1 means everything now”, Lukas Nmecha sighed. “For the club, for the fans, for us players. We must learn from our defeats. ”
Coach Vincent Kompany bit his teeth, but still has a separate counting system in terms of opportunities. He also includes half crosses. “Everything is relative, but this is a hard blow,” said the coach. “This was very important for the club, but we had plenty of open opportunities and Genk was especially dangerous with long shots. Okay, we don’t look good with the goals against, but sometimes we also came one against one with the keeper, with the numerical majority we were in the box with eight players, Mykhalichenko misses a big chance there … ”
What Kompany describes as a top opportunity was Mykha who could not reach a cross. Optimistic. We mainly saw guests like Diaby and Miazga – not the youngest after all – fail. “I am not a coach who throws players under the bus. We win together and we lose together. Diaby earned to play based on the practice. We were not unstable, but the last passes were unclear and the result is lacking. Whether the Trebel experience can teach us anything? That’s a plus – especially now that he scores from stagnant phases – but we decide according to the team. ”
The pressure is increasing for Play-off 1. The emergency exit of the cup is gone.
“My job is to take the stress out. I’m going to stand in the wind for my players. It doesn’t bother me that people will shoot at me. I can help them take those steps to win matches. ”