After landing in Lisbon ahead of the final UEFA Champions League group game against Sporting Clube de Portugal, Oliver Glasner and Kevin Trapp took questions from the media and spoke on a number of topics, including…
…preparations for the match:
Head coach Oliver Glasner: “We’ve had another close look at Sporting and also worked on our match against BVB. The lads are looking good, as was the case before. It’s like a final and we’re looking forward to it. ”
Kevin Trapp: “I’ve got a really good feeling because I think that compared with the first game against them, we’ve really improved. We’re well prepared for this.”
We need to stay focused for the full 90 minutes, defend as a team and bring our own strengths into play.
… opponents Sporting:
Oliver Glasner: “I have huge respect for Sporting, and I really like the way they play. Their recent results won’t have been what they were hoping for, but away to Tottenham, they put in a very good performance. Most of the goals that they let in came from set pieces. We need to find the right balance to counteract them – they’ve got a lot of pace and quality in the team. It’s a game that could go either way, as has been the case for every match in this group. We’re hoping that we end up being the ones who get the rub of the green tomorrow.”
Kevin Trapp: “Sporting have a lot of quality. First and foremost, they are a technically very strong team who can create a lot of chances. We need to stay focused for the full 90 minutes, defend as a team and bring our own strengths into play. That’s the only way to win a game at this level, where it always comes down to the little details.”
… how evenly matched the group is:
Oliver Glasner: “Tomorrow’s match is another one that could go either way. What we do know though is that we need a win to make it through to the next stage of the UFEA Champions League. We’re only concerned with our own performance and we’ll be going all out for the win.“
We’re not reliant on anyone else and we have our fate in our own hands.
Head coach Oliver Glasner
… nerves during the build-up to the game:
Oliver Glasner: “We’ll have another talk tomorrow and in case the spark isn’t quite there yet, we’ll make sure that it is, but I don’t think that’s something we’ll have to worry about. Everyone’s in a good frame of mind. We’re not reliant on anyone else and we have our fate in our own hands. We’re heading into this match with Sporting with a lot of respect for our opponents but plenty of confidence in our own abilities.”
… Ansgar Knauff:
Oliver Glasner: “Ansgar Knauff travelled with the team and that means that he’s ready to play.“