Club Brugge in the Champions League with lifted head after a 0-0-tie against Atlético Madrid. Blue-black came in the slotkwartier even close to a stunt, but the sunken Luan Peres – a newcomer, which until now only to play before it – was an imposed risk on the body of Atlético goalkeeper Jan Oblak. Club six points to his Champions League campaign, ended as third in play after the new year in the Europa League.
‘Historic.’ It was a word that the Club coach Ivan Leko seem to be bovenhaalde during the past Champions League campaign. When Club its first point picked up against Monaco. When Club with 0-4 of the largest Belgian Champions League victory ever picked up in the same Monaco. When Club with a point to get went to Dortmund (and the first team was that the Borussen this year the score prevent). And finally, after last night, 0-0 against the reigning Europa League champion.
With six points from six matches Club Brugge is not the best Champions League campaign to its history played. But the contrast with two years ago – zero to eighteen – is great. Moreover, he had in the first game against Dortmund even been making the qualification just could have been done. That had to be honest, also have to deal with the unlikely vormcrisis of Monaco, that yesterday could not win against a half B-team of Dortmund.
In his last match against Atlético picked Club the fruits of the previous five contests. Atlético were the better footballing team and forced the best chances in a match that especially after the peace moderate could captivate. But it is the merit of trainer Ivan Leko and his players, they have their European complexes have left. The choice for the 18-year-olds Lois Openda and Cyril Ngonge testifies of courage. Club panikeerde not when it’s losing and suffering. Just like in Dortmund brought the offensive to little, but the organization remained intact and the front left Wesley and Openda a few nice things to see.
Atlético threatened, especially along the left. Benoît Poulain was (again) the least of the Club’s defenders and Sofyan Amrabat had the Frenchman regularly step in to duration, losing the ball to prevent. Saúl Ñiguez, Spanish international and arsenal, created the best chances in the first half. With his excellent crosses did Thomas Partey (Horvath) and Gelson Martins (poor control) to little.
Antoine Griezmann, a place higher in the overall standings of the Golden Ball than one L. Messi, had one time in the first half of his class. After Santiago Arias Stefano Denswil the ball had afgesnoept surprised the Frenchman, Ethan Horvath with a plaatsbal to the farthest pole. The American goalkeeper was careful and picked off a good save.
Three cleansheets in a row
The excellent match of Horvath was one of the opstekers of the evening. The goalkeeper of Club Brugge radiates again with confidence and exit the Champions League with three cleansheets in a row.
Atlético had to win in order of group profit, to ensure, but the troops of Diego Simeone are not trained to be a dominant football to serve. In addition, groaned their also the Rojiblancos under the blessurelast. The Portuguese Gelson Martins is but a shadow of the injured striker Diego Costa. Saúl had to re-depanneren on the rear because Filipe Luis is still not fit enough for the match to begin. And because José Maria Giménez at the last moment, went out, had the 19-year-old bebrilde defender Francisco Montero bold, eleventh-hour appearance.
Especially after rest left Atlético after the gas pedal to push. Club remained without too much trouble, straightened up and after the points of the two 18-year-olds, Cyril Ngonge by Luan Peres and Lois Openda by Siebe Writers, was there actually a golden opportunity for the Club. After a counter-attack through Wesley grabbed Ruud Shaper with a fine cross, Luan Peres was all alone on the second pole, but was inept at Jan Oblak. It had a memorable debut for the 24-year-old Brazilian in the Champions League.
We had almost written ‘historical’, but the Champions League campaign 2018-2019 is still mostly the books in as just-not for Club. Just not a stunt in the openingsmatch against Dortmund, just no victory in the ” home against Monaco. Just not a stunt in the slotmatch against Atlético. In a memorable demonstration in Monaco, helped by the crisis in the team of Thierry Henry. And encouraging duels between Atlético, that by the division of points the group’s profit to Dortmund.
There is European music in the Club but the Champions League anthem will remain until next season in the closet. In the Europa League, however, it is also a lot of fun, and on december 17, hopes the Club more viable than on a prestigious opponent.