Polish striker Lukasz Teodorczyk has relaunched his career since arriving on loan at Anderlecht from Dynamo Kiev last summer. He has had a similar influence to Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Manchester United and plays a little like him too -- often needing just one chance to punish an opponent. Teodorczyk's goals -- 24 in all competitions before the winter break -- regularly turned one point into three while many of his teammates started the season slowly.
2. They have one of Europe's biggest midfield talents
This week Monaco were the latest side to be linked with Youri Tielemans, although Lyon and Atletico Madrid are also said to be keen on paying €25 million to €30 million to sign a player who will turn only 20 in May. A host of Premier League clubs have also been following the creative midfielder since he started a Champions League game at the age of 16. This year, though, he has improved considerably.
3. They have a lesser-known rising star
The adaptable Leander Dendoncker played at centre-back in the 8-1 World Cup qualifying win over Estonia in November and the 21-year-old's importance to Anderlecht is highlighted by the fact he has not missed a minute of action in the Belgian Pro League or Europa League this season.
4. They have their own Mourinho
The 43-year-old Rene Weiler from Switzerland led Bundesliga 2 side Nuremberg to a promotion playoff last season and soon made his mark at Anderlecht as the club cleared out 21 players.
5. Europe is not a priority
Anderlecht's 0-0 draw with Gent last weekend kept them four points clear at the top of the Belgian Pro League with eight matches left. It was the first of seven games in 21 days and, when it comes down to it, the league will take priority.
Thanks for the info Jie. Must admit I did not know much about the opposition. Had a quick google about them and they seem a pretty useful outfit in their own league and here they are in the quarters of the Europa. Not too sure that we can come away with 2 away goals, will be happy with 1 and over the moon if it edges the game for us. Time will tell.
Not a bad result but so disappointing given how much control we were in and how well we played first half. A win would have made life easier given our struggles at OT but we should be ok.
Mourinho is so frustrating, with 30 minutes to go if we are in front we sit back inviting pressure with defensive substitutions and if we are behind/drawing he resorts to hoofball. When is he going to learn that bringing Fellaini and co on to see out a match is no help, how many dropped points does it take for the realisation to kick in.
Our attacking this season has been abysmal, doesn't seem to be any real plan or patterns to our play and our conversion rate is shocking. The usual 'players aren't good enough' pops up but Jose has signed half our attack himself which was on display last night, he is the one insisting to play Fellaini and to a lesser extent Lingard. He has had 7-8 months with this squad and honestly what are they doing in training as we aren't seeing much improvement, Martial and Rashford have regressed, Micky blows hot and cold and Pogba can't finish. If he wasn't happy with the options he could have rectified it in Jan but didn't.
Poor management and he needs to sort our attack pronto.
As I expected we got 1 goal but a pity we had a lapse of concentration and let them score. The usual lots of possession. many chances going begging and on comes Fellaini to disrupt the attacking flow. Teachers report - could have done better.
Story of the season really... Playing better, dominating the game and then we slip at the end and throw away the lead. Very frustrating especially knowing what this team is capable of. The result itself is not bad, but definitely not fair. At the end if we don't make the CL with the Europa league or with top 4 it would be performances like this that cost us. Anyway, moving on to Chelsea now