Ariel Jacobs Laments Anderlecht’s Gifts To Olympique Lyonnais

OL progressed to the group stages of the Champions League courtesy of some pretty average play from their Belgian hosts, and coach Jacobs was not slow to remind his players of that fact...
After Anderlecht capitulated 5-1 to Olympique Lyonnais in their Champions League play-off first leg match in France, it was considered that their defending could not have been a great deal worse, however, coach Ariel Jacobs has been left lamenting the play of his rearguard once again after the 3-1 second leg loss in Belgium.

Lisandro Lopez was presented with an easy chance to open the scoring after a slack pass from Ondrej Mazuch, while similarly bad play from Jan Polak would provide the Argentine with the chance to complete his hat-trick from the edge of the area with a sweeping finish into the top corner.

Needless to say, Jacobs was not amused. “Last week, [the defence] had rolled out the red carpet,” he fumed to the press after the game. “Today [Tuesday], we give them gifts: two goals out three! If in the Belgian championship we can afford some defensive mistakes, it is not possible in the Champions League. The numbers are there.”

Anderlecht could take a little solace from their second half performance, which saw them pull a goal back through sprightly forward Matias Suarez, although by this time OL had eased off, safe in the knowledge their passage through to the group stages for a tenth successive year was already won.

Robin Bairner,