Club coach Ivan Leko has the back court. After the pleasant European victory against Salzburg is counting on a vertrouwensbonus against Racing Genk. The duel against the team of Philippe Clement, for a large part formed at the Jan Breydel, is not only a sleutelwedstrijd between the defending champion and the titelpretendent, it is also a prestigeduel between two of the most promising young trainers of Belgium.
“I love the football of Genk”, began Leko with praise for the rival Sunday. “They have footballing qualities, bringing attractive football and are the team in form. But here we are Club Brugge. You have clubs and you have institutes in football. Club Brugge is in a institute and I am supertrots there trainer.”
The past few weeks, the pressure on the person of Leko stepped up. There was aloud doubted he next season is still trainer of the Club. His contract runs at the end of this season and for the time being he has no new proposal of the directors to extend.
“I believe in this Club”
“After the training in Qatar, we had five to six good weeks of training. Also our football was good, but if the results do not follow, it is normal that doubts arise. Then also begins the press has its role to play. You have the right to speak and I respect you opinion. But sometimes it is good to the facts to look at. To the prices, the titles, the Golden Shoes that we have been with the Club won. Against Salzburg, I saw a beautiful synergy between players and audience. I believe in this Club.”
Finally, it gave Leko a compliment to the terreinverzorgers of Club. “The field against Salzburg was much better than against Cercle. Though we have, of course, preferably a Wembley-mat to play football against Genk.”