“Club could cause pain to Anderlecht (again)”
Club's forward blinks as he talks about Anderlecht. No surprise: Tom De Sutter (28), born and bred in Bruges, spent four years at the Astrid Parc, but feels right at home at Club Brugge these days. Visiting Anderlecht for the first time in Club jersey., he's not losing any sleep over it. But he leaves no room for doubt: "When all the pieces of the puzzle fit, we can show what we've got again against Mitrovic et co.” Part II of "A Deep and Meaning ful with Tom De Sutter."
How would you rate your first six months at Club?
“It's hard not to notice the time I needed to get used to Club. But little by liitle, progress was showing. There were three or so games after which I was disappointed as I went off the pitch. The one against OHL is one of them. I was quite prolific up until I got injured at Kortrijk. I hope to be picking up where I left as quickly as possible.”
How different is it to work at Jan Breydel instead of at Anderlecht?
“There are many similarities. I dare say that at Club things are even more professional. With its training complex at Neerpede, however, Anderlecht has the advantage, but there's no doubt Club will be able to produce something similar with its centre at Westkapelle in 18 months.”
Where do you feel pressure the most?
“Personally, I'm not one to suffer from pressure. It's part and parcel with playing at a top club. Those who can handle it, shouldn't worry too much.”
A selection on Sunday would mean you enter the pitch you played at so much. What kind of reception are accepting from the home fans?
“I guess from a fan's point of view it won't be a hearty one. I'm not losing any sleep over it, though. When I play, I won't be lacking any commitment or eagerness. Missing out on six weeks, that's already enough. I'm fit, that's for sure. Maybe even more so than before my injury. It's true that that won't make up for a lack of match rhythm, but it's only on the pitch that you can make up for that lag.”
“Club gaat er met veel vertrouwen naartoe. We zijn al een volledig seizoen beresterk in de topwedstrijden.”
What are the weaknesses Club might exploit in trying to defeat Anderlecht on Sunday?
“There are weaknesses, obviously, but I will not be revealing anything, for logical reasons. I'll explain to the coach should he ask me.”
Do you reckon Club might be demonstrating again, just like last season during the PO's?
“That would be great, yes. From the bench, I was bewildered to see Club play so frivolously and attacking. I hadn't seen that many teams dominate our side that much in my four years there. In that first half, the pieces of the puzzle fitted neatly, and if they do again, a likely scenario should be possible.”
Going down 4-0 earlier this season at Jan Breydel, I'm sure that's still a sensitive issue at Anderlecht?
“I wouldn't be surprised, no. It's years ago since Anderlecht has had such a beating in the league. I'm sure John Van den Brom will be using it in his pre-game pep talk. A certain sense of revenge will be playing. But that's okay, we are a strong team that can cope with that.”
What type of game do you expect?
“I think there won't be a lot of football at the start of the game. But when one team scores, things can get more exciting. Club is traveling to Brussels in full confidence. We have been great in any top game this season so far. The game at Jan Breydel was one with all the trimmings. Everything went according to plan, and with the incredible support of our fans we were able to move mountains. And we did. It was a top game, one to remember. I have very good memories of that game, even today, and we'll try to repeat that trick on Sunday, why not. We've got what it takes to cause pain to Anderlecht (again).”
That's clear. After the point loss against the 'smaller teams', Club can hardly afford to take any more damage?
“It's simple: the points we lost out on should be recovered elsewhere. The sooner the better.”
I'm sure our coach touched upon the unnecessary draw at Lierse. What was his conclusion?
“As the coach pointed out right after the game, the reason for Lierse's equaliser was 95% our fault. We should take from this unfortunate incident that we should be able to "kill" a game when we are clearly in control and in the lead. In that respect, the draw was essential in our learning process. We still need to be more clever.”