But where will the people of Bruges stop? This Tuesday, the Blauw en Zwart bagged their third victory in as many games. A match won 2-0 with authority , such as the boss of group B. In Spain, one man especially attracts attention: Ferran Jutglà. With an assist in the first half and a goal in the second, he crucified Atletico Madrid. To the point of thinking about La Roja?
“Ferran Jutglà haunts Atletico and sends a message to Luis Enrique” , title Marca. The daily also highlights FC Barcelona’s error with the 23-year-old player. “The fact that Barcelona now have one of the best strikers in the world in Lewandowski does not hide the gaffe of letting Ferran Jutglà go. Or worse, selling him for just 5 million” underlines the Madrid daily. “At Barça, he had given everything to play. Now, with each appearance with Brugge, he proves that he is a very high level striker. (…) It is incomprehensible that he does not play in La Liga. …and that he is not in Luis Enrique’s list for the World Cup.”
Same story for AS. “Jutglà, a demon of the night in Bruges” , title our colleagues. The daily evokes an attacker “in a state of grace, who galloped into the red and white zone, cutting through the men of the Cholo as if they were paper.” The daily also evokes a solid performance from the Venice of the North club. “A nightmare night for Atletico against Club Brugge who were very lively from the start.”
In an analysis paper, AS believes that it is the mentality that made the difference. “Incredible that the Rojiblancos let so many players from Brugge try what they wanted. The players lacked aggressiveness in defense and Brugge took advantage of this kindness. (…) The Belgians showed guts and it “That’s why they won the game. The Belgian team wasn’t much stronger. But they believed more in what they were doing.”
For its part, the newspaper Sport recognizes the superiority of Bruges. “Encouraged by their home crowd, Brugge took to the pitch with the confidence of a group leader” begins the Catalan daily. “They blocked Atletico’s play and followed it up offensively with fluidity. On the left, Buchanan is a sore while Vanaken leads the attack in the heart of the game. Although Simeone’s players defended a lot with concentrated players on the front they were not comfortable. For the Rojiblancos it was difficult to play or advance on the counter because the Belgian pressure was suffocating.”
“A class game”
In the north of the country, we rave about the performance of Club Brugge. “Club Brugge continue to perform acrobatics in the Champions League: a historic 9 out of 9 after the class game against Atletico Madrid” , headline our colleagues from the Nieuwsblad. According to them, victory is at hand. As this statistic proves: “All the teams that started the pools with a 9 out of 9 managed to qualify. If that’s not reassuring…”
If the Spaniards have underlined the importance of Jutglà, it is Mignolet who also stands out in Flanders. “We already give him the Golden Boot?” , suggested VTM host Maarten Breckx. Present on the set, Gilles De Bilde, who received this prestigious distinction in his career, also commented. “There is nothing more to say. Once again he was of paramount importance at crucial moments. You could make an extensive video compilation of his saves. Especially in high stakes matches like this where his experience, quality and focus are real added value. As a goalkeeper, you have to stand out to win the Golden Boot. And that’s what he does.”
For Het Laatste Nieuws, Marc Degryse was also full of praise for Bruges. But he insisted on underlining the importance of the collective. “Who would have dared to predict this? It exceeds the wildest dreams” adds the former Red Devil. “The club had a historic night. This team is playing with so much confidence and courage. They are taking a big step forward in this Champions League. Where they failed to do before, they are now taking the right things at the right time.”
According to him, no longer possible to hide, Bruges must go to the end. “It just can’t go wrong any more. The club must and will qualify for the next round of the Champions League. They can even get their fill of group wins now. Six points clear of their group leaders . Seven goals scored, zero against. What numbers!