31 December 2023
Anderlecht have had some good fortune with the draw for the first knockout round of the Champions League. They have been drawn against Wolfsburg who are one of the easier sides remaining in the draw.
That doesn’t mean that they are pushovers, and Anderlecht will have to play very well to advance.
~Ruthy Ruth, Belarus FM Sport 1
Well Ruthy Ruth, that is a fairly good assessment. We have been a little inconsistent this season, and it has only been our solid defense that has kept us in games. Still what does it matter if you only win by the odd goal. The key is to win!
Blow by Blow
“Tao” has been developing well and looks like a good candidate to rotate into the first team.
Champions League – Group D – Match 6/6
Last match of the group and I have decided to blood some youngsters. I can’t not qualify top, so what have I got to lose?
I don’t think I could have fielded a less impressive side.
We couldn’t quite do it, however we achieved our second aim of sending Ream Madrid back into the Europa League.
Champions League Results
Bayern wake up and send Olympiacos Volou to the Europa League. Porto Secure top place with a convincing win.
The rout of Liverpool is complete and the are out. In other games all of the big names found form when it mattered. Dynamo Kyiv did enough to get through and Real Madrid are in Europa League.
Once again the big names come good with no real surprises. Chelsea getting the better of Milan.
Champions League Groups
Final standings of all groups. We had the distinction of eliminating Real Madrid and Benfica which is no mean feat.
So it looks like we are becoming popular! First up was Arsenal, but they wanted me to become a set piece team so not keen.
Next up was Napoli which was not a big step up form where I am at.
Finally we had Norwich who wanted me to get them a mid table finish. They offered me the job, but had no transfer budget to work with so I declined it.
Jupiler Pro League – Match 18/30
Back to the league and a chance to reverse the recent run of average results.
We field an almost first choice side with only “Flavio” and “S.V.H.”
It took us a while to get into the game and we held a slender 1-0 lead at the break. We came out storming and added three goals in the first 20 mins of the second to take a well deserved win.
Cofidis Cup – Quarter Final – Leg 1
Quarter final time here and we are away for the first leg.
We have a full first choice line-up on the park today. Two goals minimum is the target here.
Ask and you shall receive. Two goals and a clean sheet!
“Alex” is out for a week. Not the end of the world.
Champions League Draw
Wolfsburg is going to be tough competition. Interesting to note that there are four German teams in the draw.
Jupiler Pro League – Match 19/30
Gent are not performing as well as they would have liked so we should have a good chance of getting a result.
“Alex is injured so “Doctor Comes in. “Flavio”, “Nemby”, “Lembi” and “Carlier” get some game time.
We put in a good shift, aided by some very average goalkeeping that saw us take an early 2-0 lead.
Jupiler Pro League – Match 20/30
Lierse come back to town for a league clash. Feels odd seeing as we are locked in a Quarter final cup tie at the moment.
The side is rather heavily rotated as I endeavour to keep players fresh.
We put in a good performance and rarely looked troubled on our way to yet another victory.
Next on the job trail is Everton. It’s in the right city for where I want to end up… and fits my saves colour palette.
Another good month, despite the loss to Dynamo Kyiv.
We are sitting comfortably on top of the table.
I am about to take my ‘B’ side on a tour of my home town, and play against the team I played for as a youngster. Then wehen we return I will play my 400th career game against Mechelen.