KAS Eupen has fond memories of the National Cup. As a semi-finalist in the last Cup competition, the team would like to perform as well as possible in the 2017-2018 Croky Cup. In the round of 16, featuring only the 16 teams of the Jupiler Pro League, KAS Eupen will play Waasland-Beveren at 20:30 on Wednesday. Following the 1-5 defeat in the Championship, Eupen still has a score to settle with their Flemish host in the Cup tie.
Claude Makelele: “Gain self-confidence in the Cup to exploit in the Championship”
Coach Claude Makelele has positive expectations for this game: “The Cup is an intense competition where we have to give 100% and, of course, we want to win. The match in Waasland will give us an opportunity to work on the organisation of our game and give some players extra playing time. We have to make sure that we are solid in defence, so that we can pursue an attack-minded strategy. If we can do that, then the Cup competition will provide us with the self-confidence we need to benefit us in the Championship,” said the coach, in line with his strategic plan. In terms of the team line-up, KAS Eupen’s head coach merely announced at the pre-match press conference that Akram Afif would be rested so that the Qatari can start Sunday’s game against Club Bruges with the physical freshness required.
Siebe Blondelle: “Stay patient and focused”
Central defender Siebe Blondelle hopes that the Cup game is a chance to “finally keep a clean sheet”. “Although we have always struggled in the Championship against my former club Waasland-Beveren, we want to go one round further in the Cup,” Siebe Blondelle told the journalists. “But we are aware that Waasland-Beveren is currently on top form and is a tough opponent to beat. More than anything, if we are to reach the next round, we have to be patient and try and be a dangerous opponent through our counter-attacks,” said Blondelle.
The National Cup round of 16 does not include a second leg. If there is a draw after 90 minutes, the game will go into extra time. If necessary, a penalty shootout will be used to decide which team progresses to the next round.
Tickets for KAS fans at the ticket office
Admission to the Freethiel Stadium costs 10 euros for adults. This price applies both to seating and standing areas. Youths under the age of 16 pay 5 euros. KAS Eupen fans who support their team in the Cup can buy their tickets at the ticket office on site.