Van den Brom: Anderlecht cannot afford to drop points against Zenit

The Dutchman has made it clear that his side desperately need the full three points if they are to progress from Group C into the knock-out stages of the Champions League
John van den Brom says that Anderlecht cannot afford to drop any points in their Champions League Group C match at home against Zenit St Petersburg if they are to keep their chances of reaching the knock-out stages alive.

The Belgian champions were beaten 1-0 by the Russians two weeks ago and sit last in their section with only one points from three games, and their coach has made it clear they desperately need a win on Tuesday.

"The result at Zenit means there is more pressure on this match. If we still want to do something in Europe then we will have to win. Zenit are in a good situation, but they also need to win here to stay in the Champions League after the winter," the Dutch coach stated at a press conference.

"In the past week we have scored nine league goals, all from open play - no set pieces - so the fact that we have not scored in the Champions League this season should not be an issue. We know we need to score goals, so we will have to take care of that.

"We have taken confidence from those league results and also the way we played at Zenit. We will have to be patient as we do not need to win this match in the first ten minutes."

Tuesday's encounter is scheduled to kick off at 20:45CET.