Writing on the blog yesterday, I reasoned that Anderlecht might grab a draw with Malaga. John Van denBrom’s team have shown good league form recently and achieved a good result in Milan. It wasn’t to be though, as Malaga came to Brussels and played Anderlecht off the pitch.
Isco was a constant threat in midfield, showing great touch and vision. He was aided by Joaquin, who rolled back the years to show he could still be a threat in the Champions League. Silvio Proto kept Anderlecht in the game during the first half with a string of first-class saves and he only beaten on the stroke of half-time by an absolute screamer from Eliseu. The early penalty in the second half killed the game and Anderlecht seemed to realise that it was all over as the second half was not played at the same intensity.
Only Proto and Cheikhou Kouyaté, in his midfield role, could hold their heads up after the match. Dieumerci Mbokani had one of those nights where you wanted to get on the field and shake him – he did nothing. Having said that, he was faced by two effective centre backs – Demichelis and Weligton – and he got no help whatsoever. Guillaume Gillet was taken to the cleaners several times by Isco – probably no shame in that – while Bram Nuytinck’s distribution was a cause for concern. Kanu was barracked repeatedly by the crowd during the second half and if that continues he could lose his confidence again, especially in home matches.
If the match proved one thing, it’s that La Liga is not just about Real Madrid and Barcelona, and that the level in Spain is far higher than the impoverished Jupiler League. Jean-Marc Bosman has a lot to answer for.
Result: Anderlecht 0 Malaga 3 (Eliseu 2, Joaquin (pen).
at first, on my blog I actually have predicted that Anderlecht will overcome Malaga by 3-1..! ..poor on the statistic, must be poor on the pitch..very frustrated one..huhh.. I still can’t accept that result as I always assume that Malaga is not as strong as Real Madrid or Barcelona..yes, some fans have to accept the fact that the Belgian champions totally outclassed by the Spanish’s 4th best.
It’s less of a surprise if you look at the respective budgets. Malaga has probably four times the budget of Anderlecht; and Les Mauves have the biggest budget in the Jupiler League.
I want to ask you some questions, because I’m not in Belgium so I’m not fully aware about the renovations of Constant vanden Stock stadium, completed yet?(if not,expected when?) the third ring? the actual capacity after renovation? where will it be the temporary ground for Anderlecht?
Hi, nothing has been agreed yet. However, there was a news report today saying the local council had agred to the enlargement of ground – probably to 30,000 capacity. But no dates or firm confirmation yet.