BRUGGE – STANDART
Two of the traditionally strong teams in Belgium Club Brugge and Standard Liege are going head to head in one of the most interesting games of the 5th round of the First Division A.
Club Brugge can’t find consistency since the beginning of the new season, winning and losing twice in the first four games. This is one of the teams who fight for the title on a regular basis, but they could hardly fight for the title with results like these. Brugge’s manager Michel Preud’homme is aware of this, so we could expect to see some improvement from the team in near future. Why not against Standard Liege?
The results of Standard Liege since the start of the new campaign are not much better, too. Yannick Ferreira’s boys won just once in the first four games, losing once and sharing the points in two of them. Just like Club Brugge, these are unacceptable results for one of the traditionally strong teams in Belgium.
During the summer Club Brugge paid 3 million euro to Valencia for the talented midfielder Tomas Pina, while more than 4 million euro were paid for the left winger Anthony Limbombe (NEC Nijmegen) and the right back Ricardo van Rhijn (Ajax). It seems that they would need some more time to fit in the team, though.
Standard Liege were unable ot qualify for the play-offs in the First Division A last season and the club’s financial problems did not allowed them to improve their squad that much. Standard’s most expensive signing this summer was the right winger Isaac Mbenza, who was bought for 1,50 million euro from Valenciennes. This is not really a sign for high ambition from a club who have a rich history in the league, but Liege’s best team is obviously facing difficult times in the last few years.