No English opponent for the Belgian champions Club Brugge in the Champions League: Brugge avoided Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United during yesterday evening's draw.
Brugge coach Ivan Leko sees opportunities: since they have avoided the biggest names like Barcelona, Real Madrid, PSG, Bayern Munich and the likes, there may be something to harvest for them. Club Brugge also hope to restore their reputation, after a very disappointing previous CL campaign. Other football pundits estimate that it's a tough group and that Club brugge will not have an easy job to take at least third place.
Genk triumph, AA Gent frustrated
Meanwhile, KRC Genk qualified for the Europa League group stage after ousting Brondby of Denmark. Having won the first leg in Genk 5-2, the Limburgers also took the return match in Denmark, 2-4.
AA Gent were left with a big hangover, as they were ousted by Bordeaux of France, 2-0. Just like in the home match (0-0), AA Gent had their opportunities, but Bordeaux proved more efficient. "We should have made the difference in our home game", coach Yves Vanderhaeghe (photo) said. Just like in Ghent, KAA Gent hit the woodwork in Bordeaux.
Belgium will have three teams in the Europa League: Standard de Liège, Anderlecht, and Genk.