Football Challenger Pro League (Promotional play-offs) RWDM – Club NXT (Sunday at 4pm, live on Eleven)
Before the start of the match, Vince Euvrard spoke highly of Club NXT, the next opponent of the proud leader and the only club against which RWDM took zero out of six in the regular season. Calling Club Brugge’s promising team the black beast of RWDM, Euvrard does not participate in that.
“Club NXT has beaten us twice this season, but I certainly wouldn’t say it was deserved twice. There have been matches in which we played a lot less well, but still won,” said Euvrard. “During our previous confrontation at the Edmond Machtensstadion, we fell behind early on due to a stagnant phase. In the second half we created a lot more chances than before the break and we even hit the inside of the post. Just to say: I don’t think we can’t beat Club NXT.”
The 0-2 defeat against Club NXT on December 3 was the harbinger of RWDM’s 21 on 21 series, which ensured that the Molenbekeners are still in the lead. A win against Club NXT can relaunch the leader, who crashed in Beveren last week. But, Euvrard warns: Club NXT is also doing well. “They also have a good series behind them. They have won eight times in the past ten games. They recently took 13 out of 15 with four clean sheets in a row. When we lost in West Flanders at the beginning of this season, it was not a shame, but now we will have to deliver a solid performance to beat Club NXT.”
24 hours disappointment
Speaking of West Flanders: on Monday afternoon, RWDM drew 1-1 in an exhibition match against Cercle Brugge. Euvrard says he learned a lot from it. “The players were free on Sunday, we flew back in on Monday. After Saturday’s defeat, there was time for the usual 24 hours of disappointment. We are all entitled to that. But not a minute more.”
“Almost all players who did not come into action against Beveren played on Monday in a practice match against Cercle Brugge. A very good match at high intensity with some strong individual performances. That makes you wiser as a trainer, because it is important to see certain players in match conditions. It is not always enough to just see training sessions.”