Why Tau was subbed at half-time

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Club Brugge head coach Philippe Clement has explained why he hauled off Percy Tau at half-time during their top-of-the-table clash against Standard Liege.

Tau earned his seventh league start of the season in round 11 of their fixtures, days after a 90 minute run out in the UEFA Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain.

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It was a real show of faith from Clement but his lack of rotation nearly backfired with their unbeaten status in the Belgian First League A at stake against the second-placed Standard.

However, he admitted his players' fatigue was to blame for the substandard first-half in which Samuel Bastien opened the scoring in the opening five minutes.

An injury to Angola defender Clinton Mata in the first half-hour didn't prevent Clement from his bold changes to salvage the game, as he hauled off Tau and Mats Rits for Edgar Alvarez and Mbaye Diagne respectively.

"I found a number of boys less fresh today, and they should have indicated that before the match," Clement said, as per Infomnt.

"These are not really the matches you expect between the first and the second in the table. At the break I got very angry about a number of things, but I am happy with the reaction in the second half.

"After the break, we did show why they come first. It's just a shame we couldn't make that second goal."

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When pressed about the half-time changes for Tau and Rits: "That had nothing to do with the fact that I was angry, but with the fact that you see that you need someone in front who wins more aerial duels.

"And that you see that your defending midfielder is always the free man, and we did far too little with the ball there.

"No blame for those boys who went off, because they have given a lot in recent weeks."

Brugge, with 27 points, are three points ahead of second-placed Standard, with one game in hand.