Christophe Janssens: We are still going for the second place
Christophe Janssens, how heavy is the disappointment after this match?
Very heavy, we got off to a good start after two minutes. Our plan was to start putting pressure on the defence immediately. We knew that a mistake was going to happen. A mistake happens and we can score immediately. It was a perfect start to the match.
And then they get one chance. The ball falls well and they kick it in. That’s football. Very unfortunate for us, but I guess that’s all we can do about it.
You had to wait a long time for your place in the team. The last week you are in, and you prove that you belong there, right?
Yes I think so, I give everything for the team. Sometimes you have to wait a bit longer for a chance. I’ve waited and I’ve been patient. Now the coach needs me and I give everything for him and the club. If I still have to play, I will.
There are still two tough games to come, one away at Lommel, one at home against Union?
Yes, tough matches… but in football anything is possible. We are still going for second place. There are still 18 points to go.
Do you often talk about it in the group? That you will make it?
Do we talk about it often? No, we don’t talk about it often. We don’t put each other under pressure. We just play our game and do what the coach asks us to do.
Normally we get a result, but today we were unlucky. The ball hit the crossbar at one point, which was just bad luck for us. So yes… In football anything is possible, we will do everything we can to reach that second place.
Christophe Janssens started Sunday’s game against Seraing as a starting player. After a long wait and a lot of patience, Janssens got the trust of coach Bob Peeters for the third time in a row. Janssens: “Now the coach needs me and I will give everything for him and the club. If I still have to play, I certainly will.”
However, the disappointment after the match was heavy. Westerlo took the lead after only two minutes through Atabey Çiçek. Janssens: “The plan was to immediately put pressure on the defence and let them make the mistake. It was the perfect start to the match.”
For 83 minutes, our Kemphans held firm against an attacking Seraing. “They had one chance, the ball falls well and they kick it in. Very sour for us,” Janssens said.
However, with six games to go and 18 points to earn, anything is possible. “There is little talk about second place in the group, we don’t put each other under pressure. We just play our game and do what the coach asks us to do. We are going to do everything we can to achieve that second place,” says a confident Janssens.