Hans Vanaken, Club Brugge: "We will play to win"
Text: Kai Connell
Before Tuesday's UEFA Champions League match against Zenit, the Belgian midfielder spoke to press.
I'm not afraid of COVID. We have several players who have contracted the virus - we have enough players to replace those who cannot play. I'm not afraid of COVID, it's now in the world and it happens.
How much of a blow is it that Simon Mignolet will not play?
Simon Mignolet is important to us, he's played many important matches. However, our other goalkeeper (Ethan Horvath) has done good things in the past and is ready to play. He hasn't had chances to play but I'm confident he will play well tomorrow.
Last year you played at the Gazprom Arena with the Belgium National Team. How do you feel?
Yeah, last year I was here with the national team but I didn't play that game. The only thing I saw was great stadium and a great game from the Belgium Red Devils. This time it's a different game, with Brugge vs Zenit. We are ready to play the game, we must play our game and we must show our qualities.
What are the five key factors about Zenit, and what will be a good result for you tomorrow?
It's a difficult question! You'd better ask the question to my coach. We will show our qualities, play our game, play how we want to play and fight for initiatives. We will play to win, that's for sure, I am happy when I win and want nothing less.