"Respect for our opponents"
A good six months have passed since Europe’s elite were last guests at the AOK Stadion. For the first time since the frustrating 0-2 first-leg defeat to Olympique Lyon at the quarter-final stage in March, the Champions League anthem will ring out in the Lady-Wolves backyard. The fact that the Green-Whites have determined intentions for the competition this season was demonstrated emphatically in the first-leg clash at Atletico Madrid a week ago. Going into the decisive second-leg on Wednesday, October 11th (kick-off 17:00 CET) coach Stephan Lerch’s side have the ball firmly in their court, on the back of their 3-0 win away from home last week. At the pre-match press conference, the VfL coach was optimistic, but warned of the quality possessed by the Spanish champions.
All signs glow in Green-White
The idea of his side making somewhat light of the task ahead is something which Lerch immediately refuted at the beginning of the press conference. "That’s not something I’m concerned about. The fact that our opponents possess a great deal of quality is something which our players noted on the pitch." Particularly in the first-half, Atletico placed distinct defensive demands on Lerch’s side – more than any other team so far this season. "There are still plenty of things which we can do better," insisted Lerch, who has so far led his side very convincingly through their tasks in the Bundesliga without even conceding a goal in their six domestic outings. "We have recently tanked up on self-confidence and are very optimistic going into this game. It’s up to us to stamp our mark on this tie and progress to the next round."
Jakabfi misses out
The Lady-Wolves coach will be without Zsanett Jakabfi, who was forced out of last Sunday’s cup clash away to 1. FC Union Berlin early: "She picked up a muscular strain and is not available," explained Lerch, who will again have the recently injured Isabel Kerschowski at his disposal. Looking ahead to the up-coming top-of-the-table clash in the league against Turbine Potsdam, the Green-Whites coach has no intention of taking a tactical approach to this match. "Potsdam are totally insignificant right now, we are not paying any attention to that game whatsoever – alone out of respect for our opponents."
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