Union coach Felice Mazzu remains combative: "We will continue to believe in the title until it is no longer mathematically possible"


Union had to deal with a double blow last Sunday and Wednesday: twice they lost to Club, while it actually earned twice more. But the score speaks volumes: Club is on one win of the title. Looking down – Anderlecht are approaching four points – Union coach Felice Mazzu does not want to yet: “We know the result of Bruges before our game. Only then can we perhaps change our objective.”

Thomas Camic

The disappointment was enormous after the double defeat against Club Brugge. Road leader, and probably road title too. “The whole team was of course very disappointed”, Felice Mazzu also looks back one last time. “We re-watched Wednesday’s game again, and it’s very frustrating. Club was never the better of us in our four matches against us, but we have to learn to deal with that now.”

“We decided to give the players a day off on Thursday to clear their heads. I think that did the trick. It is important to be mentally in top shape for Sunday. We are looking forward to putting down something beautiful in the next two games, we also owe that to our fantastic supporters.”

Now that Club has a 3.5 point lead over Union, the fairy tale seems to have finally come to a halt. Although Mazzu doesn’t want to know about that yet. “Whether we should focus on that second place? New. It’s true that Anderlecht is getting closer and that we can still get third, but the first place hasn’t started flying yet either. We continue to believe in it until it is no longer mathematically possible. We know Antwerp is able to play a good game against Club, so you never know,” the 56-year-old coach continues to be successful. “When we start our game against Anderlecht, we already know the result of Bruges. Only when they are champions will we change our objective.”

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Anderlecht expect “easy game”

But the focus is on the game against Anderlecht, which has really taken off in recent games. “Anderlecht’s statements yesterday were clear: they want to go all out for that second place. Mentally they think they are better than us and that we sit very low, which will make it an easy game for them. But we realize that they feel that way about us, so it’s up to us to respond appropriately,” said Mazzu.

In any case, Mazzu cannot count on Koki Machida on Sunday: the Japanese took a red card against Club and is suspended. As a result, Siebe Van der Heyden will most likely return to the base. Whether Bart Nieuwkoop – who will not kick off on Wednesday due to hip pain – will play on Sunday is unclear for the time being.

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