Kortrijk coach Bernd Storck is counting on acquisitions to keep KVK in first place: “Our homework is not finished yet


Bernd Storck (59) feels at home at KV Kortrijk. The Guys won their first two games under their new coach and head to OH Leuven on Sunday evening. Storck can also count on two new acquisitions. “I am happy with the reinforcements, but our homework is not done yet.”

Elian Coussement

We see smiling faces again around the Golden Spurs Stadium. After the flattering cup victory over OH Leuven and the nice home win against Genk, there is also reason to be happy. But if we look at the standings, KV Kortrijk is not in good shape. A provisional sixteenth place means relegation. “The atmosphere after the win against Genk was excellent”, says Bernd Storck.

“For me it felt like a Champions League match. There was a lot of intensity on both teams. Genk could also win, but maybe we deserved it just a little bit more. But we are still in a bad position in the standings. I’ve looked at all the stats and we’re working hard to improve those lesser numbers. It is purely coincidental that we are now moving to the field of OH Leuven again. I do expect that they will play about the same game as in that cup match. I read that they want to fight us, I want that too. Our players are ready.”

Vandenberghe in goal

Marko Ilic (24) has never been under the bar at Storck. Partly due to illness, but also because Tom Vandenberghe (30) did an excellent job at Leuven and at home against Genk. The latter will also be between the posts again on Sunday. “Why should I change goalkeeper? Tom did a great job, so I have no reason to take him out of the goal. It’s a pity for Marko, but I also explained it to him. I give Tom three more games and then I decide who will be my number one.”


New arrivals and imminent transfers

The transfer mercato has not even been open for a week and KV Kortrijk has already welcomed two new faces. Martin Regali (29) came over from Ružomberok in Slovakia and Christalino Atemona (20) crossed over from Hertha BSC. “I am happy with the reinforcements, but our homework is not done yet. Martin is fast and has a nose for goals, Christalino is strong and a promising player for the future. We are also interested in Wasinski van Charleroi, but that is still vague for now. A deal with Velkovski is off the table.”

Kotrijk will have to do without Kadri and Messaoudi on Sunday. The two Algerians are ill, but will train again tomorrow.

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