Coach Brian Riemer addressed the press before the games against Zulte Waregem and Seraing. Our newest recruit Anders Dreyer also took to the floor for the first time.
First, the coach Brian Riemer answered the traditional questionnaire before the games against Zulte Waregem and Seraing. He confirmed that Lior Refaelov and Julien Duranville will not be available for Wednesday's game.
Will the next two games be decisive for the remainder of the season? “I don’t want to judge our whole season on one or two games. We’ll see at the end of the regular stage of the competition how it ends up. We started in a very difficult situation, with a lot of points behind. We’re trying to make up for it. We’re working hard every single day in training and on the pitch to achieve that. Sometimes you don’t have everything in your hands either, like in the game against Union where we were down to ten men after 6 minutes. I will take it every game at a time and I will do my utmost best to get the most points possible. Then we’ll see how much we can make up for all the lost points since the start of the season.”
“Obviously, when you’re at a club like Anderlecht, there will always be pressure to win your games. We have a very good feeling about tomorrow, there’s a strong belief after the point in Bruges and we can’t wait to get back to Lotto Park and go out and perform. We expect to go out and dominate the game, both on and off the ball. In terms of the team selection, we have different profiles to choose from, especially in our midfield.”
The game against Zulte Waregem will have to be played behind closed doors, due to the incidents in Standard. “We will miss our fans so much tomorrow. My first experience in the Lotto Park, against Union, was incredible. I’ve said it before: we have the best supporters in the country, by far. Tomorrow, they will be greatly missed. But we have one job to do. And that is to go out and perform and to win. There are no excuses when it comes to supporters or no supporters, our goal will be the same.”
After the coach, our new signing Anders Dreyer (24) took the floor. The Danish winger joined us from FC Midtjylland on Sunday. Coach Brian Riemer announced that he will not be in the starting eleven yet. “Anders was on our radar when I was at Brentford. It was not possible to sign him then, so when Jesper approached me two weeks ago to sign him, I knew it was a good opportunity. We’re getting in a player that is known to create a lot of goal scoring chances, who has an end product, but who’s also very good at making his teammates around him better. But we have to be aware that Anders is coming out of a long winter break and only just started the preparation in Denmark. So we have to be a bit patient in our expectations for him. He’s been training with us for only two days.”
Anders Dreyer: “It was a very easy choice for me, when I heard two weeks ago that Anderlecht was a possibility. It’s a big club, we all know the three stars they have on the badge are not for fun. As a young Danish player, you know Anderlecht. I already watched some of the games and I’m really sure that the team we’re building now will be very competitive. I’m looking forward to it, I’m used to pressure so hopefully I can make an impact. I feel in good shape and my fitness levels are quite good. But as the coach said, I also have to adapt to the players around me and the way they play. So I hope to be ready as soon as possible.”