97: Champions League Dream Shattered

9 April 2023
Anderlecht, Belgium

The façade finally cracked and the limitations of this Anderlecht side were laid bare. They looked like Christians in the Colosseum as the lions circled for the kill. I don’t think that I am the only one who believes that the side may struggle to come back from this.

It will be interesting to see ho Mr BadDragon copes with this reversal. He is in uncharted waters and appears to be struggling to hold the side together.

~Toothy Gabe, FOX FM Sports Africa

Drivel! Ok, so we were bloody awful and I may have made a few errors and let the game get away from us. Still to reach the quarter final has exceeded the boards expectations and there is still the league to win!

Blow by Blow

Jupiler Pro League – Champions Group – Match 1/10


The business end starts here. We have done ok against the Indians this season so far.


We have a little crisis with most of my young players are away with the under 21 Belgium side. Time to hit the youth team to make up the numbers.


Another hat-trick by “Benny Jets” sees us take a comfortable 3-0 win. One more step…


Youth Signings


Part of my throw money at youth players. I need to sign them young and have them at the club for 3 years to help with the home grown quota.


There is no guarantee that any of them will develop into first team players.


Jupiler Pro League – Champions Group – Match 2/10


This is the game that is a must win. Genk are snapping at our heels. If we get a win then the gap opens by three points, lose and it closes.


Once again we field more or less the same side. This is not the time to experiment.


Of course the other result is a draw. That basically means that we are in the same place, with one fewer match to play.


Champions League – Quarter Final – Leg 1


Last time out we beat these guys 3-1 to qualify top of the group.


We have been made long odds to get anything from the game. I’ll settle for a draw and an away goal.


One change on the bench with “Goolie” coming in. We have some tired legs but needs must.


The dream is over as the side fell apart. We put in what was clearly our worst performance of the season.


To make matters worse I messed up the team talk and hurt morale even further.

Jupiler Pro League – Champions Group – Match 3/10


Well we are effectively out of the Champions League which allows us to focus on the domestic title fully.


I rotate the tired legs in the midfield and give “Andre” the game off following his mistakes in the last match. “Lembi” gets a deserved rest up front.


Not a vintage performance, but good sides find ways to win ugly.


Team News


“Doctor” gets to take a week off in the naughty boy chair. No big issue.

Results Summary


A mixed bag, with the low point being the champions league diasppointment.

League Table


We are sitting pretty in the league however.

Next Episode


Sampdoria again, and then three important league games. If we win all three we are odds on for the title.

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