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Jupiler Pro League: Wouter Vrancken about KRC Genk – Anderlecht

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Wouter Vrancken. — © Isosport

KRC Genk will receive competition leader Anderlecht on Saturday (8:45 p.m.) on the fourth matchday of the Champions’ Play-offs. Coach Wouter Vrancken looks ahead with confidence after the Genk 7 out of 9. “We already played two good games against Anderlecht, but forgot to reward ourselves. We have to be ready to do that now.”

KRC Genk and Anderlecht have already competed against each other twice this season. Those matches did not go undiscussed, to say the least. In September there was a light red card for Christopher Bonsu Baah, after which Tolu Arokodare gave blue-white a point in the absolute final. In December, ‘penalty gate’ followed in Lotto Park, where the referees made a mistake by not allowing a Genk penalty kick to be retaken and Racing lost 2-1.

“But that is not an item in the dressing room,” assures Vrancken. “We posted that very quickly and focused on the sporty aspect. What does matter is the fact that we already played two good games against Anderlecht this season, but were not rewarded for that. We have to be ready to do that now and then in front of a full house. That should be our motivation, not all those other things hanging around this match.”

Title candidate?

Anderlecht has been in the lead in the rankings since last weekend. “That will give them confidence,” says Vrancken. “But we also have to radiate confidence after our 7 out of 9, which should actually have been 9 out of 9. We are playing in front of a full stadium, so I expect us to show the intensity that we have shown in the past three games. That it is often said that Anderlecht overperforms? They are simply very efficient, an important asset in football. Ultimately it’s about the number of points you have and they are doing very well in that.”

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Genk starts the match seven points behind the leader from Brussels. If Racing still wants to compete for the national title, they must win on Saturday. “I don’t think it is appropriate to talk about the title now,” Vrancken responds. “I think we have to remain very humble and know the path we have taken so far. We have to continue to work hard, continue the trend of the past matches and in this way give something back to our audience.”

Without Kayembe and Heynen

Vrancken will have to play against the Purple & White without his suspended left back Joris Kayembe. Eduard Sobol seems the logical replacement. “But there are also other options,” the Truienaar remains mysterious. “Which? Playing with four at the back again. Or Alieu Fadera as wingback, he has already done that at Zulte Waregem.”

Bryan Heynen is also unavailable. The captain has been out of action for a while with an abdominal muscle injury and went to the specialist this week for a second opinion. “I cannot yet make any statements about the severity of his injury,” says Vrancken. “We just have to wait and see what the doctor says.”

Finally, the coach cannot count on Ken Nkuba, he is suffering from a minor injury. Josué Kongolo is fit again.

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