KAS Eupen kicks off the second half of the Jupiler Pro League season away to KV Ostende at 20:00 on Saturday. The last-placed team in the table aims to use its game on the North Sea coast to launch its comeback in the fight to avoid relegation. “It’s a very difficult task, even though KAS Eupen has been able to beat KV Ostende three times in the top flight,” said head coach Claude Makelele and team captain Luis Garcia at the pre-match press conference. “Statistics will not mean anything on Saturday night, because we will start the game at 0-0 and we have to face an opponent that is very well organised and extremely dangerous in terms of its fast counterattack,” said Claude Makelele.
Claude Makelele: “Stay focused for the full 90 minutes”
KAS Eupen’s French head coach provided no details about the possible composition of the team. “Those selected to play will be those that have impressed me the most with their work so far. I can’t consider each player’s favourite position. Instead, I have to use each player where he can help the team most,” said the coach. Except for Ibrahim Diallo, Moussa Wague (adductors) and Diawandou Diagne (knee), all players in the KAS Eupen squad are ready for action. Once again, the coach insisted on his team’s discipline: “In terms of discipline, I saw a positive approach during the game against Antwerp – that’s something we can build on. However, we still have to do our best to avoid errors due to lapses in concentration, especially in the most critical phases of the game. If we are solid in defence, then I will allow my strikers more freedom so that we can remain a threat.”
The coach also reiterated the ban on interviewing players this week and added: “I have great respect for the work done by journalists, which is as difficult as that of a coach. But it’s true that we cannot be ranked any lower in the table than we are now. We have to dig ourselves out of this hole and all of us must remain 100% focused on our tasks and not allow ourselves to become distracted by anything. If our match results are positive, then we shall hold interviews again. “
Luis Garcia: “We are about to start a new championship”
To KAS team captain Luis Garcia, the start of the second half of the season means the start of a new phase of the championship. “Our situation is even worse than that of last year, but now the second half of the season is about to start, and for us that means a new championship where we have to score as many points as we can. We cannot afford to waste any more time now. We have to focus fully on our fight to avoid relegation.
Public viewing with Christmas beer on tap
The clubhouse Penalty will be opening its doors for the public viewing to all fans who cannot accompany KAS Eupen to Ostend on Saturday. All KAS fans are cordially invited to watch their team perform in the Versluys Arena in a sociable atmosphere in front of the big screen. In addition to the traditional stadium sausage, the Penalty crew will also be offering hot soup and, for the first time this season, the popular Leffe Christmas beer on tap. The public viewing is organised with the support of Eulogic Informatics and starts 90 minutes before kick-off.
Live ticker and radio
Other ways to experience the match between Ostend and KAS Eupen live are by watching the game on the Proximus TV channel or by following it using the live ticker that can be switched on via this homepage. The game will also be broadcast on the radio stations RTBF, VRT and Radio Sunshine. Radio Sunshine will broadcast the game from Ostend live on the internet, the Radio Sunshine app and its FM frequency of 97.50.