Clinton Mata: “We did not underestimate them”

Clinton Mata confirmed that Club had a difficult first half. However, it went better after halftime.

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“It is never easy to immediately reach the same level again after a break", said the right back of the Blues. "But I think we started well. We knew it is the match of the year for them and that's why we were careful. Our focus was good but they almost scored on one of their tricky counterattacks. After our opening goal, we controlled the game. Cercle are at the bottom of the ranking in the Jupiler Pro League but it was not allowed to underestimate them. The coach clearly stressed that upfront."

 

Clinton Mata
Clinton Mata

Coach Clement wanted to prevent Club from losing costly points at Cercle. "Indeed", continued Mata. "Last year, we lost two important points here and we wanted to avoid that today. Therefore, we had to be attentive. It was not easy but I think we created a couple of good chances. It is always good to win an away game and we can start focusing on our first Champions League game now. It will of course be a totally different game on Wednesday but I think we are much stronger than last season. We may be ambitious and aim at the third place." (FDC)

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