Standard Liege

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2021/2022

Standard Liege

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Jean-Francois Gillet (sp)(gk), retired), Duje Cop (sp)(att), Dinamo Zagreb), Laurent Jans (sp)(def), Sparta Rotterdam), Michel Ange Balikwisha (r)(att), Antwerp), Zinho Vanheusden (k)(def), Inter)

Standard Liege had the season from hell last year as they never looked like challenging for the top places and only sporadically showed signs of consistency and the sort of quality that someone can build on. A miserable final month of the season made it a particularly grim atmosphere for the Reds in the off-season and coach Mbaye Leye knows well that he needs a good start to lift the mood around the place. Yet, there is not too much reason to be confident or optimistic about a squad that has some genuine holes in it. The lack of real competition in attack and in the wide areas is a concern, where players like Maxime Lestienne, Mehdi Carcela and Obbi Oulare have underperformed for a long time now. Standard have already lost some big players so far as Michel Ange Balikwisha was sold to a direct rival and skipper Zinho Vanheusden is back at Inter. Nicolas Raskin and Hugo Siquet could well leave too given the tough financial situation at the club. There have been no new signings made so far and it seems like Leye will have to work with mostly what he has and try to make it a more cohesive and efficient squad.

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It is hard to see Standard getting back to the glory days in the coming year but the aim is to at least find some sort of chemistry in the squad and be a bit more than just a sum of its parts, even if will mean just a finish in mid-table.

Season Review
2020/2021

№8: Standard Liege

Standard Liege started the season with high hopes and ambitions under new boss Philip Montanier and the team got off to a pretty decent start, with wins at Beerschot and Charleroi on the road in the first half a dozen games suggesting that there is real potential in this squad. However, the form of the team started to desert them after the promising start as the autumn months came in and the fixtures started to pile up. Injuries started to beset the squad too and the lack of continuity in the starting 11 became a real worry as Standard went on a run of eight league games without a win. The lack of a potent and reliable striker was the main problem while the loss of quality defender Zinho Vanheusden to a serious knee injury despite the back line of their best player. Suddenly, Montanier was struggling to get the team on board and a miserable couple of home losses to Mouscron and Sint Truiden before New Year meant that he was axed. Former player and assistant coach Mbaye Leye took over for the rest of the season and he quickly managed to refresh things and improve morale in the camp, leading the Liege side to four wins in a row. He also managed to lead them to the Cup final after difficult wins on the road against Kortrijk and Eupen on the road, and a hard-earned success at home against Club Brugge, but the hopes of silverware and a place in Europe were dashed by a loss to Genk in the final. The league form remained rather unstable but a strong run in the final few weeks ensured a place in the top eight and six more play-off games. Yet, these proved a total disaster as Standard lost five out of them and by the end the squad resembled a disheveled rabble that played without purpose. It was thus a hugely demoralising campaign and Leye faces a massive rebuilding job in the summer.


Player of the Season: Nicolas Raskin

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