We were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw in Monaco three weeks ago and have not triumphed on the continent since a 2-1 win against Asteras Tripolis on November 6, 2014.
However, after the result in Monaco and a solid home win over Qarabag on matchday one, we’re in a good position at the top of Group J going into this week’s outing in Brussels.
Christian and Clinton are aware of our recent frustrations on foreign soil, but both are eyeing a good performance and three points on Thursday in a bid to qualify for the knockout stages as early as possible.
“We want to do well in our European games at home and away,” said Christian. “We didn’t get the result we wanted in Monaco so we want to get the right one in Anderlecht now.
“If we’re to continue in the group and go on to qualify we need a win. We really want to win these games as quickly as possible so we can focus on the Premier League as well.”
Clinton is very much thinking along the same lines ahead of Thursday’s match, insisting it’s vital to win games early in the group stage to maximise our chances of progressing to the last 32 in the New Year.
“Anderlecht are a very good team and I think they’re going to be well-prepared to play against us,” said the Cameroon international.
“I think it’s possible to win over there, but it depends on us. We need to be determined and work hard.
“It’s important for us to win most of the matches in the Europa League – it’s a good competition to be in so we’ll be looking to win the game in Anderlecht and try to qualify as fast as possible.”