My titles are never decent. Anyway, moving on, yes the championship, for me, was wrapped up this weekend in Belgium, hence the cut and dry. I’ll move on to the details later, but as it has done over the past, well, 5 match days, even before the Playoffs, Anderlecht have either proved their worth and been victorious, or on the other hand, had every result go their way over the past month!
However, we’ll start with Friday’s match. Gent against Oostende at the Ghelamco Arena. I thought Gent would continue from Monday and with that, maintain some sort of challenge incase Anderlecht somehow slipped up. The problem is, Gent slipped up. After a goalless first half it was De Kustboys who struck through Franck Berrier midway through the second half. Putting the hosts on the back foot, they needed to fight in the last 25 minutes to not just keep in touch with Les Mauves, but pull further from Club Brugge too. Of course, Yuya Kubo pulled Gent level seven minutes later, but that was that. Oostende took a confidence building point back home whereas Gent may feel this was 2 points dropped from before kick off.
Saturday’s offering saw Charleroi vs Zulte Waregem at the Stade du Pays De Charleroi. The match looked pretty even from what I saw, but I treat these matches as if I were out and thought ‘I’d get back to see the result’. My luck would’ve been in! The vital action occured beyond the allotted time as Amara Baby and David Pollet settled the match for the hosts. A 2-0 win which would please the home fans going into midweek. Zulte Waregem have proved what I looked at before the playoffs, losing away against a top 6 rival without scoring.
Lastly is the match which could’ve sealed the league. Anderlecht welcomed ‘former’ champions come May, Club Brugge, to the Constant Vanden Stock. I don’t want to come across complacent and I may still eat my words in a month’s time, but the capital club seemed to win comfortably in another 2-0 victory. Youri Tielemans again playing the playmaker setting up Dendoncker and Mbodji in the first half completed the win, making the rest of the match a non event.
I asked a question on social media during the second half. Has Michel Preud’homme taken this Club Brugge as far as he can? Ruud Vormer being sent off at half time and starting a fight for his first yellow, the frustration running through the team was for all to see. Preud’homme has proven how good he is. He has nothing to prove, but maybe a fresh start is what he needs. Brugge may need a new approach. You may think I’m going over the top, but this implosion since the Sint Truiden draw on the last regular season set of fixtures has shown how far they’ve fallen, and before then, there’s been a 13 point swing in such a short space of time.