Ryan relishing excellent European run

Goalkeeper Mat Ryan is enjoying his maiden experience in European football with Club Brugge poised to qualify for the next round of the Europa League.

After four matches in the Europa League the Belgian side are unbeaten and top of Group B with eight points, with two wins and two draws.

Ryan has recorded three clean sheets, conceding just one goal in the competition so far, with the solitary strike coming in the 1-1 draw with FC Copenhagen in October.

Including the four qualifying games against Brondby and Grasshoppers, Ryan has let in just two goals from eight matches, with six clean sheets in total.

The 22-year-old Socceroo told FourFourTwo, after Club Brugge’s 4-0 thrashing of FC Copenhagen in Denmark, he is loving his time in the Europa League.

“There’s a lot of hype around the tournament and after (that) result everyone is on a high,” Ryan said.

Club Brugge are one point ahead of Torino, who they play for the second time in their next European tie, but Ryan isn’t counting on qualification just yet.

“In football I've learnt that something is really there until you've gotten over the line,” he said.

“We face Torino away next game and a loss would throw things wide open again.

“But I am hopeful and the team is putting in some good performances at the moment, so I hope we can be consistent.

“It will definitely be out ambition to gain qualification to the next round in our next fixture.

“It will be tough but I think we have the quality to get a result.”

Ryan has been in excellent form for Club Brugge this campaign and said the amount of cleansheets accrued is a “statistic our team can be proud of”.

The Belgian club is currently second in its domestic league with 28 points, just two points behind leaders Anderlecht.

Club Brugge have lost just one of its first 13 matches, with seven wins and seven draws.

“The season started a little slowly but it's expected when we made a few signings,” Ryan said.

“But with every game we seem to be getting better and better, so where we stand in all three competitions is a result of that I guess.”

Ryan has claimed four clean sheets in the Jupiler Pro League, playing every minute for Club Brugge.

The Blue-Blacks are also into the quarter-finals of the Belgian Cup with a match against Kortrijk on December 3.

Club Brugge booked their spot in the quarter-finals after smashing Aalst 6-1 in the round of 16.

Ryan, who is Osaka with the Socceroos, will face Japan on Tuesday in the last scheduled friendly before Australia hosts the Asian Cup in January.