93: Sitting Pretty

31 December 2022
Anderlecht, Belgium

As 2022 draws to a close, Mr BadDragon can feel pleased with his achievements. His Anderlecht side is top of the division and has qualified for the knock out phase of the Champions League.

They have been drawn against Celtic in the firts knockout round. While it is not expected that they will progress too far in the competetion, they may be considered slight favourites to advance to the quarter finals.

~Charlie Angel, Korean FM Sports News

Well here we are at the end on 2022, sitting in a good space. We have been performing well and I am quietly confident that we can push on.

We have been lucky with injury, and should this luck change, all bets are off! Still I will continue to play the hands I am dealt and worry about a crisis only when it develops.

Blow by Blow

Champions League Group C – Match 6/6

S01-209

Final game of the group with the winner getting top seed. A draw would see us remain top on goal difference.

S01-210

Once again we are long odds to get anything out of the match. Lets see if we can’t upset the apple cart!

S01-211

The first team picks itself really. The only change is the return of “Munster” on the bench. “Rommel” gets the start due to his good form.

S01-212

I want to see “Benny Jets” and “Lembi” add to their goal tallies today.

S01-213

Well I am astounded! “Benny Jets” take a bow. What a fantastic time to bang in a hat-trick! We top the group undefeated.

S01-214

I’d like to thank “Benny Jets” for the wonderful birthday present!

Final Group Standings

S01-215

There are no easy teams left in this competition.

Jupiler Pro League – Match 17/30

S01-216

Away at Charleroi today, with a run of seven clean sheets in the league.

S01-217

Same starting XI with a couple of tweaks on the bench due to the home-grown requirements.

S01-218

Clean sheet number eight for us, and another win. “Benny Jets” scores his 19th goal for the season.

S01-219

Injury Update

S01-220

Alex out for a week with a gashed leg. Not a bad knock so all is good.

Champions League Draw

S01-222

Of all the teams to draw, Celtic are not all that bad. I fancy my chances.

Jupiler Pro League – Match 18/30

S01-221

We owe these boys after our cup exit. Time for payback.

S01-223

“Moose” comes in for the injured “Alex”, while “Mookee” is back on the bench following an extended vacation on international duty.

S01-224

We exercised some good control and should perhaps had more than two goals. Still its another win, and our 9th consecutive clean sheet in the league.

S01-225

Injury Update

S01-226

Doctor out for the next match. Slightly disappointing but we have cover.

Jupiler Pro League – Match 19/30

S01-227

Genk are on a different level, and should a more difficult challenge.

S01-228

“Andre” comes in for the injured “Doctor” as the only change to our starting line up.

S01-229

Our run of clean sheets was ended at nine. We were undefeated thanks to a very late goal by “Benny Jets” and a penalty miss by Genk.

S01-230

Injury Update

S01-231

We lose number one left back “Andre” for 4 to 5 weeks with a bung peg. Luckily we still have “Murua” in the reserves who we can call on as cover. I plan on “Flavio” as much game time as possible, however.

Jupiler Pro League – Match 20/30

S01-232

Club Brugge were early front runners have fallen off the pace slightly in the last month. They will still be a formidable challenge for us.

S01-233

Only two changes to the starting line up with “Flavio” in at left back and “Cup” replacing “Rommel”.

S01-234

“Benny Jets” bagged a double as we took control of the match. “Benny Jets”  has now scored 22 goals from 24 starts in all competitions.

S01-235

Results Summary

S01-236

Another good months effort, with 10 league points plus top spot in the Champions League.

League Table

S01-238

Six points clear at the top of the table with a game in had over Genk.

Next Episode

S01-237

January sees us have a few friendlies with the Standard Liege game in the middle.

The following two tabs change content below.

MrBadDragon

I am BadDragon and BadDragon is me!

Latest posts by MrBadDragon (see all)