Absent from the selection, Owen Otasowie also joined England, but to spend time with his family. “He was given a few days to sort out personal matters. I won’t tell you more, but it is a matter of a few days, only”, commented Philippe Clement.
Sportingly, the Bruges coach wants to achieve the impossible: to overthrow the Citizens. “Many observers expected us to score 0 of 18 in the Champions League. We already have four points in our pocket. Normally, we are supposed to lose this Wednesday. But we want to achieve something… of abnormal. The players will have to surpass themselves. I think we can do even better than in the first leg. I can assure you that we are not in England on a school trip. We are coming to take points, even if we are realists. “
On the way out, the Blauw en Zwart had left the lawn with a taste of too little. To no longer know such a scenario (1-5), Philippe Clement will probably change his game plan.
Put out a great match
“It will take quality with the ball and guts, to spin it and find the right spaces. I want my team to play with heart and fight. My game plan? That’s not the main problem. You can come up with some fantastic plans and training, but then you have to put it in place on the ground. “
Surpassing themselves is certainly what the people of Bruges lacked two weeks ago. What they had yet done against the Parisians on the first day of this group A, or even in Leipzig, facing a less impressive formation, on paper. “Whether collectively or individually, we want to take a step forward. Push our limits.”
City, a special opponent for Mignolet
The goalkeeper of Club Brugge has already beaten the Mancuniens… eight times.
Manchester City is the opponent Simon Mignolet has faced the most since his professional debut: 17 games, eight wins, two splits and seven defeats… including a painful League Cup final lost on penalties.
“I have good and bad memories of the Etihad Stadium. I won sometimes with Liverpool, but also lost. Even with Sunderland, we had a good performance.”, said the Bruges goalkeeper.
His first game at City was a 5-0 loss, before pocketing a point with the Black Cats. He also won 1-4, with the Reds, in 2015. At the time, Raheem Sterling had just moved from camp to camp.
“His trajectory does not surprise me at all, because he already had a lot of quality at Liverpool, explains Simon Mignolet. He’s an incredible player. Obviously he would like to have more playing time at the moment, but there is so much experience and quality inside the Mancunian locker room that it is not easy to find a place. But he proves his worth every time, he already did it when he was young. “
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The people of Bruges believe in their fate against City: “We want to achieve something abnormal”