Tuesday ended a busy transfer period for Cercle Brugge! Our technical director Carlos Aviña looks back on this challenging period.
Today he will discuss each transfer separately.
On the 11th match day of the Jupiler Pro League, Cercle were second bottom before heading to the coast to take on Oostende. Groen-Zwart played a dogged match and took the lead through Somers. KVO were on the ropes, but 2 moments turned the result, as Gueye and Amade sealed the points at home for the Kustboys.
Yves Vanderhaeghe had made some striking changes to his team. Sousa was given his debut at the back. The Brazilian defender was finally free from injury and was given the start over Popovic. In attack, the duo of Millàn and Somers were tasked to score goals and in midfield Van der Bruggen replaced the injured Kanouté.
Cercle got off to a good start and played well against the tenth-placed side in the Jupiler Pro League. The high pressure from Groen-Zwart, under the impulse of the hard-working Somers, tested the Oostende defence. Real chances had to wait until the 20th minute, though, as Utkus was able to play out from the back, finding Vanhoutte who had the 0-1 at hand, but came up short against Fortes.
On matchday 9 in the Jupiler Pro League, Cercle headed to the Ghelamco Arena to face KAA Gent, with Álex Millàn opening the score from the penalty spot in the 1st half. After the break, Gent turned the tables with goals from De Sart and Lemajic.
Both coaches had started the match with elevens playing together for the first time; for the Groen-Zwart there was a start for Kanouté for the first time, while Corryn and Denkey had a place as well, with Velkovsky and Deman on the bench.
The Ghelamco Arena was not completely full for the game, which was played at the same time as the World Cycling Championships. The players of Cercle did not let this bother them, however, as they started the match well. Millan sent in a corner just after the 7 minute mark and the ball came to Utkus, whose header hit the inside of the post. Bolat was caught off guard at first, but was able to pick up the ball easily.
Gent then woke up, taking control of the match. On fifteen minutes, the hosts also had their first corner. The ball landed right at Bayo's feet, but his effort caromed off the crossbar. Two minutes, a free kick by Operi had to be punched clear by Didillon.