Felice Mazzu explains decision to substitute Wesley Hoedt at halftime

During Sundays 3-1 victory over KV Mechelen, Anderlecht manager Felice Mazzu decided to replace much criticised central defender Wesley Hoedt at half-time. As reported by Het Nieuwsblad, Mazzu explained his decision, “That was not an easy decision, because Wes is an experienced player, however I had to decide according to the match and not according to someone’s status”.

Hoedt was the culprit in the opening goal over the weekend, when his push on Mechelen’s Jordi Vanleberghe gave the hosts a first half penalty, which was converted by the afore mentioned Vanleberghe. Felice Mazzu replaced Hoedt with young striker Mario Stroeykens and switched to a 4-4-2 formation from his usual 3-5-2. Mazzu did hint in the post-match that he may be willing to switch from his usual 3-5-2 to the 4-4-2, stating “I have my philosophy, but results are also important”.

Stroeykens went on to score twice as Anderlecht came back in the second half to win 3-1.


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