Gent manager Hein Vanhaezebrouck claimed that the Champions League is too physical for Nigerian winger Simon Moses and the rest of his teammates following their humiliating 2-3 defeat at home to German side Wolfsburg.
The Belgian side fell 3-0 behind during the encounter courtesy Julian Draxler’s brace and a goal from Max Kruse but the home team rallied to score two late goals through Sven Kums and Kalifa Coulibaly to give them a chance for the second leg in Germany.
However, 20-year-old Nigerian, Moses who has been one of their star performer this season was replaced in the 61st minute after he failed to find his groove and the manager puts it down to the physical nature of the competition.
“We are caught out in Champions League matches,” Vanhaezebrouck said.
“Here you can use your body a lot more but we did not because we were adjusting to the Belgian league.
“If you look at the duels between Laurent Depoitre and Dante, there they would give a red card in Belgium.
“We lost the duels because we were not playing at Bundesliga level. No German lets anyone pass so easily.”
Although the Champions League knockout round of 16 tie is not over – the first timers have a tough task in the return leg in Germany, according to Vanhaezebrouck.
“I give us a zero per cent chance. This was not the best Gent. At least 10 of our players must perform at their best,” He stated.