Poor old Cologne had a brilliant campaign last year to reach the European places in the Bundesliga for the first time in 20 years, but this season has been horrific for them and they sit rock bottom. In the official Cologne website, their head coach Peter Stöger spoke about…
…preparing for the match: “It is a special match for us. We still have an opportunity in this competition. We will need a good result but that is what we intend to do. We want to keep our chances alive with a good performance.”
…the first leg: “We played a good first half, but Arsenal came out better in the second half. All in all it was a nice match with a tremendous atmosphere.”
…Arsene Wenger: “For me, he is someone that emanates sovereignty. I am speaking about his character and the way he presents himself. What also impresses me is the way in which he tries to play the game of football. It is a celebration of fine technical football. That is why it is special for me to play against him an Arsenal FC.”
…compensating for injuries: “Of course we are missing players, both on the pitch and in the locker room. But the situation remains that we are able to send Bundesliga players on the pitch. What is missing for us right now are the variations and the opportunity to make adjustments. The competition for places can also not be measured in training. My job is to find a formation that will fit these players best in order for them to produce at the highest level.”
Well the Koln boss is not having much success with that this year, although they did register their first win in the last game of the EL Group when they trounced BATE 5-2. I really can’t see them doing the same thing against the Arsenal reserves, can you?