The mood in the squad was very high and Alex was doing everything he could to keep it that way. Gedoz had been in great form during the season and was leading the assist chart so Alex deciding to give him a small raise and get him contracted for an extra year to ensure they would keep him happy and if they had to sell him they would get as much money as possible.
The team had pressure on them to win the title and as they had done well in pressure moments so he decided to throw some more onto the fire. “We have three games left and only one is at home, the next one. We are winning the title on Wednesday at home in front of all of our fans and not just a few away ones. A win in that game and it will be ours. The plan is to be celebrating the title in Bruges on Wednesday and then have time to prepare for the Europa League.”
The team were preparing for the game with focus and determination and Alex was doing everything he could with his coaching staff to prepare the players for the game. However, all the confidence and planning couldn’t stop one thing. If Standard won then Brugge would still all but have the title but, they wouldn’t be confirmed which was what Alex wanted to ensure as soon as possible. With the teams being huge rivals it was rare that Alex wanted them to collect points but he, and a lot of other Brugge fans would like them to pick up a point.
Anderlecht had nothing to play for except the pride of not finishing bottom in the Championship group, which for a team with the history and pride of Anderlecht finishing last was not something that would be happily accepted by the fans who were already disappointed by the last couple of seasons.
Brugge and Standard were both favourites and with it being a huge game Alex was going for the strongest team he could even if the players were a tad fatigued as if they won he could give them time off.
His back five picked itself for Alex as well as the DM spot. At CM he had his first dilemma which of the three of Vanaken, Martins and Santamaria. Alex decided to go for Martins in the more advanced role which he was best suited for and left him with Santamaria and Vanaken more the slightly deeper role. He decided to go for the extra experience Vanaken had for the big games and Alex also felt he partnered better with Martins and Fejsa as they played more together.
With Luciano leading the line Alex just had to pick his two wingers. Gedoz got the right winger spot as he played it the best and Alex had to pick between Centurion and Izquierdo. The latter had started the season in top form and banging in goals however, his form had fallen off recently and Centurion had impressed since joining from Sao Paulo and he had been in some good assisting and goal scoring form recently which was enough to give him the nod form Alex in the starting line up.