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No miracle! We are not Barca that win with outside help

Europa League By: Victor Akhidenor | 16/03/2017

A letter of the alphabet is all that separates Genk and Gent as they prepare for their all-Belgian UEFA Europa League decider.

Genk secured an impressive 5-2 away win in the first leg but Gent coach, Hein Vanhaezebrouck, does not have letters ‘K’ and ‘T’ in mind but ‘I’ for impossible and ‘M’ for miracle.

With the absence of Nigerian duo William Troost-Ekong (who was not registered for the competition) and Anderson Esiti (who was sent off in the first leg), Vanhaezebrouck has lost all hopes of qualifying for the quarter-final.

His team needs to win by three goals margin which the coach doesn’t see happening except they are favoured like Barcelona who came from 4-0 first leg deficit to win 6-1 in the return leg of the Champions League game with Paris Saint-Germain.

Esiti is suspended, Kubo and Troost-Ekong are not allowed to play,” he told

 “Even with our strongest team winning at Genk is hard, now we have to win with four goals difference and we missed a lot of players. That’s impossible.

“More than a miracle is needed for qualification, and that will not happen. We are not Barcelona and even that team could not have done so without outside help. ”

Gent last scored three in a UEFA away match in this season's playoffs, beating Albania's Shkëndija 4-0.