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Philippe Clement relives glory days with Genk, also in Europe: “An important evening for the club”

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With a clattering 4-0 thuiszege against Sarpsborg forced Racing Genk Thursday night at the slotspeeldag in group I of qualifying for the sixteenth finals of the Europa League. As group winners, they are also seed and so outrun them Monday when the draw a lot of heavy opponents.

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Clement surprised the competition by Zinho Gano, Ibrahima Seck and Joseph Paintsil on the kick-off. Performers Ally Samatta, Ruslan Malinovskyi and Dieumerci Ndongala disappeared all the way to the bank. “The games come so fast, this was already the 32nd, and we need to look at training how fit the players are. On the basis of the analysis of the opponent we choose the basiself. I chose Gano and Seck, because of their freshness and strength in stationary phases.”

“This is a victory of the collective. I have often said that others were working for their chance to get and you can see over the last few weeks that those guys paramount and the team something to be able to teach. Also in the Cup in Charleroi managed that, but this is a different thing: in Europe 4-0 win and first in the group, that is still a step bigger than a qualification in a Bekermatch.”

“The efficiency had to come back”

After five minutes, watched the visitors from Norway already at a 2-0 deficit, and the race was as good as played. In addition, were the the first two chances for the home team and so they immediately revenge for the criticism of last weekend, when they were in the league game against KV Kortrijk of the 26 attempts, barely 7 between the frame received, and then in own home loss of points had to allow (1-1). “It was one of my main points in my meeting for the match, that the efficiency had to come back. The reaction of my group was perfect and I hope that now four more matches so to keep for the winter. You see this group of steps.”

32 matches, match organiser, wintering in Europe and a Belgian Bekeravontuur: the trail of the Genkenaars looks long and impressive, but the prices are only at the end of the season award. “A trophy, this is certainly not yet, but it is an important evening for the whole club. The group stage of the EL was already a goal in itself, but I must admit that I like trophies in my closet. Now the qualification in the Cup is still important and then the winterbreak as leader to enter. If that works, we are the best team in 2018 in Belgium. There are in the coming weeks, so still some nice goals for my group.”

Sarpsborg coach is honest: “The best team, this group has won”

“The best team, this group has won”, gave Sarpsborg coach Geir Bakke after the race. “Our start was bad, very bad even. We showed them too easy in the game. The problem was that we the opponent this time could not frustrate, that was done in the previous games, however, and it was one of our strengths. Also physical seemed Genk better than in the heenwedstrijd. They had their set-up something custom, but that they can be located thanks to their wide core afford.”

For Sarpsborg is the first European adventure is over. “This was a beautiful experience for us, it was inspiring to be against such a good teams to play. We have learned from this and we’re working on now. That will eventually yield.”

Clement has no favorite opponent for the sixteenth-finals

As group winners, it is Racing Genk Monday seed in the draw of the sixteenth finals. The People have a protected status and avoid so many top teams.

From the Champions League, they can Napoli, Valencia, Inter and Benfica not take. Possible opponents from the kampioenenbal are Viktoria Plsen, Shakhtar Donetsk and Galatasaray. Club Brugge and Racing Genk can not cross each other in the sixteenth-finals and also Malmö, the opponents will not. The Swedes have come as a surprising number two from the group of the People.

Out of the Europa League outrun them already the group winners Eintracht Frankfurt, Villarreal, FC Sevilla, Dinamo Kiev and Chelsea. Possible opponents are the BENEFIT, Rennes, Krasnodar, Rapid Vienna and Lazio.

“I have no favorite opponent in the draw. To be honest, I still don’t know who it is”, gave Philippe Clement Thursday. “Long trips, I would prefer to avoid, given the busy schedule that we have. In advance, I even want to draw for only that qualification, but I think that we are that group profit is earned. We were the best team in this pool. Of course, it is interesting that we are now in need of an away game should play, what the opposition is concerned, we continue to depend on the draw. I’m not just talking about big names, small teams do sometimes even better.”

Genk and Club Brugge are Monday the only Belgian teams that the drum go in. Standard was killed Thursday, is still on the slotspeeldag and Anderlecht was already sure of the shutdown. AA Gent found himself in the summer is not past the preliminary rounds.

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