ASV Geel – West Flanders, provisional score: 1-0. After the tumultuous match in Boezinge last week, Kristof Bloemen and co. Sunday in the own Leunenstadion with Blankenberge again against a West Flemish opponent. The goal is simple: bring the score to 2-0.
Blankenberge was too strong for Kontich last week, but is otherwise a great unknown, also for Kristof Bloemen.
“In Boezinge we picked up a bit of information about our next opponent”, says the Geelse attacker. “Blankenberge finished fourth in the West Flemish first provincial, but took part for promotion until the last match day. He missed it by losing just to Boezinge. Blankenberge appears to have some accurate strikers. It has also proven that in Kontich. We couldn’t beat Kontich in the competition ourselves. We got no further than two draws. Blankenberge will therefore certainly be a formidable opponent. Their good start in the final round last week also makes it clear that the West Flemings have quickly processed that missed promotion. So we’d better not underestimate them. A team that has made it this far after the competition and the first final round match has a lot in store anyway.”
Geel now has the windfall to be able to play football in its own Leunen stadium.
Bloemen: “That is certainly an advantage. We are used to playing on our big field. Some opponents were shocked this season before they stepped onto the field. Of course that offers no guarantee. The trainer determines the approach to this match, but as a veteran I always hammer on mentality and the will to win. It may be a cliché, but we play a final every time now. And we have to win those matches, the way in which is of secondary importance. It is very important to be sharp from the first minute.”
Small disadvantage: last week’s match at Boezinge resulted in some suspensions. That’s pretty annoying, wouldn’t we think? “We can’t change that. However, we have a broad core. Who will play will not be inferior. We can absorb this as a group, we have sufficient qualities. So we are not going to complain, but show a winning mentality.”
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