The ex-Liverpool man now hopes his former employers can see out the season on prime after taking the Belgian crown in his debut time period in Bruges
Club Brugge goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has revealed that information of the facet’s Jupiler Pro League win got here out of the blue – and by way of a text message.
The Bruges membership led the Belgian prime flight previous to the coronavirus lockdown by 15 factors with one recreation left within the common season. At the beginning of April, nevertheless, the Belgian FA made the choice to chop the 2019-20 brief, awarding the title to Brugge.
It marks the 16th time that Brugge have been topped nationwide champions – however, as Mignolet admits, victory celebrations have been somewhat muted.
“We bought a text message. You can’t actually do an excessive amount of,” the ex-Liverpool keeper defined to the Times when requested how he found out about his membership’s triumph. “I drank a glass of champagne with the household and that was it principally.
“Yes [we feel like champions]. The solely distinction is that you just clearly need to have fun it on a pitch after a victory and have fun together with your team-mates, the followers, the employees and the membership – however now we have to simply accept what time we’re in at this second and that isn’t doable. For me that’s extra the draw back.
“It was effectively deserved as a result of we have been miles forward of the remaining. We had principally performed in opposition to each crew twice other than one and, after that, we had so many factors that we have been clear and have been going to be champions a technique or one other.”
Mignolet’s former employers discover themselves in an analogous scenario to Brugge, main the Premier League by an virtually unassailable margin when the English prime flight was interrupted.
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Unlike the Belgians, Liverpool might be obliged to see out the season, with most up-to-date projections estimating that the 2019-20 season might be resumed in June – however Mignolet is delighted that they are going to have the prospect to interrupt their 30-year title drought.
“Liverpool deserve it. In the Premier League, issues can twist and alter on the finish of the season however with the benefit they’ve I don’t see anybody being champion apart from my outdated teammates,” he added.
“I’m not stunned with how effectively they’ve executed. The foundation was already set, the crew was already fashioned and the performances have been there additionally simply earlier than I left. I believe everyone anticipated them to problem on the prime of the league they usually have outperformed the remainder of the groups. That would make them well-deserved champions.”