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Hein Vanhaezebrouck not happy with the pitch in Bozsik Arena after defeat against Maccabi Haifa: “UEFA unworthy” (Ghent)

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“We are still working on the same chalice, I hope it is empty, but it remains the same story,” Hein Vanhaezebrouck opened his press conference with a quip after the 1-0 defeat in Budapest.

It was indicative of the argument of the Ghent coach who was clearly annoyed by the circumstances: “There was indeed certainly an extenuating circumstance: an incredibly bad field, unworthy of UEFA. This is a beautiful stadium and we received a great reception, but the condition of the turf, pfff. It was also the case in Iceland and Serbia. I’m not making excuses because it was like that for both teams. You are then forced to play kick and rush, but then you mainly have to hope for some luck.”

That little bit of luck was once again not possible for the Buffalos, who already suffered their sixth defeat in 2024 against Maccabi Haifa: “We are still working on the same chalice, I hope it is empty, but it remains the same story. On the other hand: the way we kick towards the goal. Well, that’s not how you create that little bit more,” Vanhaezebrouck was also strict for his players. “That is an observation we have been making for some time. We have to continue, not complain, but work hard and improve. Hopefully someone will stand up. We will miss the only one who was at top level, Julien De Sart, in the return due to that yellow card.”

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That suspension was very difficult for De Sart: “I was not informed in advance, but this is a collective mistake because I could have checked myself how many tickets I already had, otherwise I would not have made that mistake at that time and place.” more,” the Liège resident also raised his hands. In the meantime, his coach tried frantically to take a positive element with him from Budapest: “No, you won’t hear me complaining about the players because we had so few football opportunities together. Maccabi didn’t create anything either, they got the goal from us as a gift.”

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“There has indeed not been a spark as I had hoped, so we have to prepare the cups again for Sunday against Eupen,” the Ghent coach also looked ahead. “Hopefully we get three points, no, we have to get those three points. We have to work hard and try to improve and get points in the meantime, we can’t wait another three weeks because then everything will be over.”

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