Club Brugge lost their unbeaten run with a 4-0 defeat to Porto, who joined them.
However, coach Karl Hofkens dismissed it as a good lesson for the Belgian champions ahead of next year’s knockout stages.
Club Brugge have secured a top-two finish in Group B after fantastic results against Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, and Porto .
— Club Brugge KV (@ClubBrugge) October 25, 2022
He told a post-match news conference: “I’m curious what’s next for my players after doing so well in the Champions League and I think for many of them this defeat is a A good lesson, a moment of learning.
Club Brugge need a point to secure the top spot but could now finish second as they visit Bayer Leverkusen next Tuesday while Porto, one point behind, host Atletico Madrid.
A 2-2 draw in the Spanish capital on Wednesday meant both Atletico and Bayer Leverkusen were out of the Champions League. Hofkens said he still holds out hope of finishing at the top of Group B.