Belgium’s Bayern Munich. This is how the French sports newspaper L’Equipe describes the opponent of the star team of PSG tonight. Not that they doubt in France that the Belgian national champion will be eaten with skin and hair tonight by Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, who will play together for the first time.
“Club Brugge has a budget of one hundred million euros. Double or even more than competitors such as Antwerp, AA Gent, Genk, Standard or Anderlecht and almost as much as that of Lille”, writes L’Equipe in its presentation of the opponent of the most successful French football team of recent years. As an explanation for that financial dominance, the French sports newspaper points to the four Champions League participations in a row of blue and black.
“Just like in the Netherlands, participating in the Champions League is an obsession, the nerve center of the domestic economic war. Over the past four years, Club Brugge has developed into a regular squad, one that features Belgium’s best players who do not play in the Premier League – with a few exceptions such as Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard, Thorgan Hazard or Thomas Meunier. They also have the largest number of spectators, making the club worthy of comparison with Bayern Munich.”
Verhaeghe: “We are the equivalent of Leipzig, Atalanta, Ajax or Sevilla”
Club Brugge chairman Bart Verhaeghe does not want to go that far in the same part, but he does point to the increased clout of the Bruges residents on the transfer market. “We are the equivalent of Leipzig, Atalanta, Ajax or Sevilla,” it sounds. “We can still attract the greatest young talents in the world and make them move forward before they leave for bigger competitions. Even if we lose 0-4 to PSG, they will learn a lot from the experience.”
Club Brugge will take on PSG tonight at 9 pm. For the Parisians, who have won everything in the French league so far, superstar Lionel Messi seems to start for the first time since his transfer from FC Barcelona. Moreover, he would immediately do that alongside those other super attackers, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.