Felice Mazzu guided Union towards the preliminary rounds of the Champions League, but will therefore play with Anderlecht in the preliminary rounds of the Conference League.
Did he watch Union’s stunt win against Rangers on Tuesday? “No,” he told Peter Vandenbempt in Estonia. “Honestly: I was home too late and then rewinded a few phases.”
“I am very proud of the group I worked with for 2 years. That it was an achievement à la Mazzu? An achievement à la Union. It was a victory of a group that has not changed too much and is now in the hands of Karel Geraerts.”
Anderlecht is now in the hands of Felice Mazzu and the Purple & White could use some ingredients from the kitchen of the Brussels neighbours.
“I don’t know whether Anderlecht should become like Union. Doing the same with your new team is not easy, because the parameters are different. But in terms of engagement I would like to achieve the same spirit as with Union.”
In the league Anderlecht can correct a defeat like Cercle later, in Europe there is no room for a mistake.
Mazzu: “This club has not reached the groups for several years and we are trying to change that. We have to show respect for them, but qualification can give positive energy that we can take to the competition.”