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From clenched fists to clammy hands

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Club Brugge tobt in the run-up to the important diptych against Salzburg and Genk on one question: why isn’t what last season is a piece of cake seemed? We found five differences between Leko I and Leko II.

From clenched fists to clammy hands

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The positive momentum where Ivan Leko in his first season as a Club trainer on-related, is afgekalfd. His choices are always more questions to be asked. Simon Mouton

Club Brugge tobt in the run-up to the important diptych against Salzburg and Genk on one question: why isn’t what last season is a piece of cake seemed? We found five differences between Leko I and Leko II.

From clenched fists to clammy hands

Football

Bart Lagae

Preud’homme-bonus is gone

Change is as good as virtue. It is the bonus that every novice trainer attempting to count. When Ivan Leko was presented as the new coach of Club Brugge, put out his list of achievements but pale against that of his predecessor, Michel Preud’homme. But in many respects he was a breath of fresh air for his players. Preud’homme prepared every game obsessively and stopped their head full of tactical information. Under Leko everything went more relaxed. The Croat went out of the own strength and krikte with his positive approach, self-confidence and well-being of his players.

Because the results followed, could Leko on a pink cloud continue to browse. Before the spring of 2018 started the results have to slow down. But the Club had such a lead built up that it never really got hot under his feet.

This season started the Club is still strong, but from October it started with points to spill. The positive momentum where Leko in his first season at ented, is afgekalfd. His choices are always more questions to be asked. The relief after the departure of Preud’homme has long been worked out.

Focus on Champions League

Last season, names Refaelov and Simons the role of father figure in the dressing room. This year is looking for Shaper fight with Leko

Leko is a proud trainer. In tight suit and white sneakers, he coached this season in the Champions League. It was the perfect opportunity where he as the trainer waited. The accolades of Diego Simeone (Atlético) and Lucien Favre (Dortmund) and made him shine. He left no opportunity untapped to its series of four matches without defeat in the Champions League in the paint. The focus on the European matches came there with the approval of the board, which was seeking reparation for the failed campaign in 2016 under Preud’homme. That Club, meanwhile, points left in the league, took it there for the dear peace.

The focus is on the Champions League contrasts with last season, when the Club after a 3-0-defeat at AEK Athens was disabled in the barrages of the Europa League. The European false start was quickly forgotten by the good results in the league. Freed of European football could give full attention to the league and played Leko almost every week with the same team.

Fixed system
is less solid

On the goalkeeper after which five times was exchanged – played Leko last season in a solid system. A 3-5-2 in which Shaper and Vanaken, a prominent place was to fake to the right and linkshalf. The fixed system is made for clarity at the players and rest in the dressing room.

The participation in the Champions League inspired Leko to all agree on a different bow to throw. On a visit to Monaco he played Molder in support of Wesley, in Dortmund, he opted for a crowded midfield. In the league play mostly Siebe Schrijvers as a hanging striker next to Wesley. On the society are Mats Zipper and Marvelous Nakamba, alternately in the squad, while Sofyan Amrabat now in the defense.

Some substitutions are also bad luck to write. By a blessureplaag on the flanks, running the supply to Wesley already had a full season is rough. Arnaut Danjuma seemed to be the perfect substitute Anthony Limbombe, but is already months on the side with a stress fracture. On the right was Clinton Mata still not really convince. Dion Cools will not get a chance more, while Thibault Vlietinck and Krépin Diatta with injuries to count. Emmanuel Dennis is a separate case. The Nigerian egotripper scored five times, but has not a single assist to his name.

Leaders are gone

Michel Preud’homme demanded a lot from his troops, but his fatherly arm around players store. Ivan Leko is on that level seem more distant. Last season, names Lior Refaelov and Timmy Simons, the role of father figure in the dressing room. This year is only Ruud Shaper is remaining as a more experienced player. But it is not because you are thirty you are, therefore, also a father figure. Shaper is as a captain to be a leader, but proved to be during the top match against AA Gent, that he primarily thinks of itself. By openly disputing with his trainer – not for the first time this season – put the Dutchman outside the group, and he put his trainer on the block. Wesley last Sunday when his replacement, a pout pulled, proves that Shaper is not the man who has the good example. Timmy Simons is still always as an assistant-trainer, but as a staff member, he should place next to Leko still be found.

Operation Clean Hands

He is doing everything to make the consequences of his arrest in early October to minimize it, but Leko is definitely a different man after the operation Clean Hands. Spent his last season many hours at the club, than he sought in the aftermath of his detention, the support of his family and neighbors. An understandable reaction, that is, unconsciously, also functioning as a trainer affects.

The contract of Leko runs off and Club him not yet a proposal is made to extend. That Leko still under suspicion in Clean Hands and are ex-real estate agent Dejan Veljkovic spijtoptant has become, it plays in that respect it is not in his favor.

The support of the audience had Leko still in the immediate aftermath of Clean Hands, but after the change of Ruud Molder was there last week also boos, didn’t seem to hear. Everything fixed and, of course, was under Leko I, is in doubt hit among Leko II. The matches against Salzburg, Genk and Anderlecht will have many answers to give.

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