Uppercut for Union. With the finish line in sight, it suddenly has to leave the leader position to Club Brugge, due to a bad defeat in the direct confrontation with blue-black. Dante Vanzeir’s penalty miss in particular was a key moment: “Maybe we had our emotions poorly controlled,” lamented trainer Felice Mazzu.
Suddenly it was very quiet in the Duden Park. The loss against major competitor Club Brugge has arrived at Union. Dante Vanzeir, among others, who missed eleven meters, was too disappointed to react afterwards.
His teammate Casper Nielsen did. “If we score that penalty, we’ll take it,” the Dane sighed. “Fortunately, Dante has the right group around him – we will take care of him. We should have handled other opportunities much better, by the way.”
Deniz Undav also agreed: “Club had one big opportunity and scored from it, while we left too many behind. That is very frustrating, especially because we were the better team in the previous two games, but were unable to win. We have to learn lessons.”
Trainer Felice Mazzu indeed thought that his team had dropped some stitches. “It was not about one thing, but several things. Club punished us on the switch, because we gave Skov Olsen too much space to continue. Look, I feel today was not about experience but about efficiency. Maybe we don’t have enough control over our emotions.”
The coach also refused to blame Vanzeir after his penalty miss. “Dante took the ball because he felt good,” said Mazzu. “In addition, he was the first on the penalty list, so Dante just took his responsibility.”
Dante just took his responsibility. He was first on the penalty kick list.
Despite the blow, they are not in the least won at Union in the battle for the title. They are already pumping up the PhD candidate for revenge next Wednesday in Jan Breydel.
“A good thing,” said Nielsen. “We want to go full into it again, show that this was no more than a mistake. Hopefully we can then take advantage of our opportunities.”
Mazzu added: “We are now on an equal number of points with Club. So our story is certainly not over yet, we still believe in the ultimate dream. On Wednesday we will give everything.”
Casper Nielsen: “We’ll take care of Dante”
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