struggling pro league champions club brugge turn focus to atletico madrid

16:29    11 Dec 2018

Ruud Vormer (L), Mats Rits (C), Marvelous Nakamba (top) and Kaveh Rezaei (R) of Club Brugge celebrating a goal
The Blue-Black succumbed to a surprise defeat in Beveren

Club Brugge manager Ivan Leko has urged his troops to focus on their upcoming UEFA Champions League clash with Spanish giants Atletico Madrid.

The Blue-Black succumbed to a surprise 2-1 defeat against Waasland-Beveren in a Belgian Pro League match on Friday.

The defending champions, who have Angola international Clinton Mata on their books, have lost three of their last four Pro League games.

"Friday's game was painful but that is the past. We made our analysis and discussed it with the group. We now focus on the game against Atlético and how we have to face Simeone, Griezmann and Koke," Leko told the media.

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"The coaches of our opponents already gave us nice compliments and we realized our big ambitions in the Champions League. We need to confirm all the positive things tomorrow and we cannot do that by talking about Waasland-Beveren.

"Tuesday's objective is getting a result, preferably with positive soccer. Respect for the opponent is necessary but we also need to have confidence in ourselves," he continued.

"You can be afraid or be hopeful to grab the small chance to achieve a nice result. The most important thing is that our awesome fans can count on us. We will do everything that is possible to keep the three points home Tuesday."

Brugge will compete in the UEFA Europa League last 32 next year after being eliminated from the Champions League.

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