Friday, August 24, 2007

Van Damme: "Fenerbahce is the Game of the Year for Us"


Van Damme: "Fenerbahce is the Game of the Year for Us"
By Nathan L. Redd

Anderlecht defender Jelle Van Damme has been out of service with an injury lately, but he is eager to get back on the pitch. Van Damme spoke with Anderlecht fan site Purple Dynamite and didn't hold back about the team's feelings about Fenerbahce. "Fenerbah├že is the game of the year for us, but for Brussels, Saturday is the game of the year. Certainly after getting zero points they will come here to defend. We know this game will be difficult."

Anderlecht has a huge Brussels derby this weekend, but the team is obviously looking forward to hosting Fenerbahce in their stadium next week. They have an uphill battle after losing the first leg 1-0 in Kadikoy, but the players believe they can defeat Fenerbahce. On the other hand, Fener's first week loss to Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyespor may have been a case of looking ahead to Anderlecht and a lack of focus. With Sivasspor visiting Sukru Saracoglu Stadium tomorrow, the team's mental state will be tested again. Can Fenerbahce focus completely on Sivasspor with the UEFA Champions League second leg game coming up next week? Fenerbahce and Sivasspor kick off at 18:45 (11:45 AM EST in the U.S.) from Kadikoy on Saturday.

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