Anderlecht make the 100km journey across Belgium to face Club Brugges looking for revenge after Kinnear’s men won 3-1 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
Mike Hunt of the Daily Bush caught up with Club Brugges boss, Gordon ‘Gino’ Kinnear at Brugge Airport after they returned from Buenos Aires…
MH: After your long journey to Argentina and coming come after a heavy 5-2 defeat, what are you looking to do in preparation for your Belgian Derby?
GORDON KINNEAR: We won’t do much different to what we usually do. The 5-2 defeat was very much one of they nights. We actually created more chances and had more shot on goal than River Plate but our defence just didn’t click on the night. We will look over the tape and see what we could have done different but it wont affect our preparations for Anderlecht.
MH: With De Bock out injured do you feel your defence can hold be strong enough against Anderlecht?
GK: De Bock tore his calf muscle and he will be out for another fortnight and we certainly missed his presence in Argentina. Melgarejo filled the left back position and although there is no way any blame for the goals can be laid at his door, he feels, as do we, that his better work comes further up the park. We have one or two options we are looking at, including playing three at the back, but we also hope to have another experienced defender arrive at the club over the next 48 hours.
MH: On paper this looks to be a very even clash and can be backed up by how close you 2 are in the league. What is your prediction for the game?
GK: While our season has been better than we expected, the one disappointing thing is that we have won just 2 of our 11 home games which is very frustrating for us and more so for the fans. We can make a lot up to them if we can beat Anderlecht on Sunday. They will come here looking to make up for the result at their place but we believe we have the measure of them and that we are the best side in the country. Both clubs are in the hunt for promotion and there is always a chance we could meet in the play offs at the end of the season so another win for us would give us the psychological edge.
MH: Gordon, thank you for your time and good luck for the game.
Mike Hunt also caught up with Mr Muja of Anderlecht to discuss his chances in Sunday’s derby game…
MH: With 7 wins and a draw in your last 10 games, you will be seen as the form team. Will this be an added pressure seeing as you lost the reverse fixture earlier in the season?
MR MUJA: Well, i don’t see it as extra pressure. A derby is always special. Doesn’t matter how many games you’ve won or lost before. Doesn’t matter if your first or last in the league. Everyone will give a 100% to win this one game and everything is possible.
MH: Pabon has been the star man for Brugge this season, how do you feel your side can stop him?
MM: I don’t want my players to go out there to stop someone, but to enforce our own playstyle on our opponents. I’m confident that we will bring our A-game and do just that.
MH: With both clubs sitting in playoff places, what is your prediction for the game?
MM: Predicting a game is never easy. But we’re on a decent run. We’re confident and more then ready for this game. We know Brugge has a nice young core of players, but i think we have all the tools to beat them.
MH: Thank you very much for your time and good luck in the derby.