This fortnight there have been sixteen matches that have almost gripped a continent. Teams from England, Italy, Spain, Germany, France…you get it (even Austria) have played their part in amazing comebacks and quality goals. My ‘obsession’ with the Pro League have slightly dwindled in recents weeks, mainly because I am against a playoff system. Of course this is my opinion, a preference of what I have always been used to and what I prefer.
Unfortunately however, my mind has been so far away from these playoffs, although I’m obviously keeping myself up to date, I am already looking forward to next season where only relegation has been confirmed, and right now, a title race is well and truly on the cards. It is exciting if you’re a fan. Without mentioning about ten teams, there is much to look forward to still as another week comes and will go quicker than we’d have wanted.
Maybe league football is not on my mind because my club has just let themselves down, even though they broke their transfer record twice in six months with sums of money JPL clubs could only dream about. But actually getting towards my point, and without going back over the same ground I’ve and you’ve covered, I guess I’m just feeling the disappointment (again) of how Belgian football clubs let themselves down in Europe. I don’t expect them to win a trophy. Nobody does. In modern football, money talks, and Belgium are skint compared to the top leagues. But what they do have is that quality if it all works well. Zulte Waregem are the only club who didn’t embarrass themselves this season, along with Oostende, seeing as De Kustboys went out to current semi finalists Marseille in the qualifiers.
Anderlecht had a dreadful start domestically and in Europe, and I still think sacking Weiler before the Celtic game proved costly, although Bayern at home could’ve gone a hell of a lot better too. But there you go…Bayern, the Champions League semi finalists were in their group, along with perennial bottle jobs Paris Saint Germain. But third wasn’t a forgone conclusion. Mismanagement is what it boils down too, as well as not having a proper striker before Christmas.
Gent and Club Brugge haven’t gotten away with it. Disgrace is a word which comes to mind. But then again, if one of these two win the league, they obviously won’t give a fuck. I wouldn’t. But with these two failing to get into proper competition, what could’ve been five teams in Europe ended up with two, and both were out before Christmas. We all know, if you don’t have quality, you most certainly need luck. The draw needs to go your way and having Bayern and PSG, or Lazio and Nice just doesn’t help.
Next season should be different (in my opinion) as you’d think Belgian football could progress. How? I don’t know? It must come down to luck. We know that Anderlecht, Club Brugge, Gent and Standard Liège will be there you’d think. But who’s the fifth team? Genk? Most likely in my opinion, and that is a great crop of teams. I just want Belgian football to progress domestically, but more on a continental stage. Internationally you’re huge, even with Roberto Mythinez, and I purposely put ‘Myth’ in there. But hopefully spring 2019 will see a Belgian club go beyond their group and into a knockout phase. This is totally irrelevant to what I usually write building up to a matchday weekend, but as I’ve stated, I’m not fussed about the playoffs and European football is on the forefront of a lot of minds, especially mine.