Ahead of the second leg of the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, which will be held at the LFF stadium on Tuesday, Vilnius “Žalgiris” coach Vladimir Čeburinas and captain Saulius Mikoliūnas spoke optimistically and stressed that the Visitor failure was to be forgotten. .
The hosts Bude “Glimt” won the first game in Norway with the result 5:0. This means that Žalgiris will need to score more than five goals to advance.
“The result of the first game is not encouraging, but now we will play at home. We know our responsibility before this home game. We spoke to each other after the game and during the preparation for the next one. The team fully understands that “It was a nightmarish night. We made a lot of moves that allowed our opponents to excel. But we also had good chances. We failed, the opponent succeeded. We could have scored against Glimt.
The game gave food for thought. We are preparing a plan for this match based on what is available. We will have the support of our fans. We know what it takes to successfully gain an advantage. We believe in ourselves. Tomorrow we will fight for victory”, said V. Cheburin.
“We understand that this result is very poor. The team understands that it’s impossible to lose like this, this kind of match and result is not at our level. Also, there was no need to talk to the players, everyone understands that tomorrow’s game will be in front of our own audience and hopefully we will show a completely different game.
What happened is already a story, no matter what kind of story. We must forget it, look to the future more positively. Don’t think we’re going to win 5-0 or anything like that. The most important thing is to be very serious in the game. The first goal should be to score the first goal, the second goal should be the second, and in such small stages the match continues to demonstrate good play and the most important combativeness,” said S. Mikoliūnas.
According to V. Čeburin, a goal from Žalgiris could worry the opponents and change their usual game.
Glimt has had its own variants, a work in progress for years. Their philosophy and style get them results. Our first goal is to get them to change their plan. We have to score. and continue to develop this result, achieve a favorable result for us. We spoke with the team, they are ready, we are ready for the match. Tomorrow’s game will show everything” said the coach.
According to him, the team’s goal doesn’t change – they will aim to stay in the UEFA Champions League.
“I always say that I want to stay in a football festival like the Champions League. Yes, it may feel weird after 0:5. Maybe it wasn’t a favorite, but we missed too much, – says V. Cheburin – If I didn’t believe in it, I wouldn’t talk about it.
It may seem like an unattainable dream. However, if you don’t believe it, it will be permanently unavailable. We understand that a five-goal deficit is important. But we are preparing for this game. We have done our analysis. We have to do some details on the ground. Surprise your opponents, but don’t be surprised yourself. Glimt high-fived us, why can’t we high-five them?
During his career, S. Mikoliūnas experienced both hot and cold, but for many young players such a defeat was a new experience.
“I spoke in the locker room, I said that such matches should be forgotten as soon as possible, you can learn from them how not to break during the match, find strength in yourself, you stand up and fight to the end. Such a painful defeat will be an invaluable experience for them,” the veteran said.
The match between “Žalgiris” and “Glimt” will take place on Tuesday, August 9. from 7 p.m. at the LFF stadium. Tickets for the match are distributed by “Bilietai.lt”
The match will also be available to watch online.
Source: The Delfi