Geraerts: "We gotta keep our feet on the ground"

A few days after their superb feat against Glasgow Rangers, the Unionists have their eyes fixed on Mechelen where Geraerts’ men will try to keep their patent of invincibility. Putting aside the euphoria that could accompany this historic double duel against Rangers. “We spoke a lot with the players and they know it won’t be an easy game against Mechelen, launches Karel Geraerts. They have recovered well from the game against Rangers and have focused on this game in Mechelen. They know my philosophy: I want to win every match, regardless of the opponent. The Malinois, who remain on a 0 out of 6, will be motivated. I expect a warm evening.”

Even if all eyes are on Mechelen, the images of jubilation seen Tuesday evening in the OHL stadium are still etched in the memory of staff and players. “It was madness everywhere comments Geraerts. On Wednesday, we felt that we had achieved something incredible. It’s good for the club, the fans and Belgian football. But we have to keep our feet on the ground. It’s up to us to focus on the championship without thinking about Europe, which we will often have to do in the coming months.”

For this duel in Mechelen land, the unionist coach does not intend to rotate his workforce despite the return match in Scotland scheduled for three days later. “It’s only early August, so it’s a bit early for the players to be tired (smiles). I’m going to field eleven players who are 100% fit and capable of giving their all. In the future, I hope I will have some difficult things to do for my base XI and my selections. But all the players know that if they work well during the week, they will get their chance given the number of matches to be played.”

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