The 2-1 draw of the first leg of the third round of the Champions League qualifiers gives the MFF a good start to their return tonight. But the task against the Scottish Rangers will be made much more difficult by the decision of the British authorities. Yesterday, Monday, restrictions were relaxed in the country, allowing Rangers to fill the Ibrax Stadium during the match against MFF.
The classic arena sits with about 50,000 spectators, less than half the number the Rangers were able to bring to the Scottish League premiere ten days ago.
For MFF players, this fact would be a big change.
– This is a new situation, we have been playing in front of full stands for a long time. In an iconic arena like Ibrax, I think it will be in full swing. They will be marked in hell as I think! This will be an additional challenge, you might say, says Soren Ricks.
However, he believes many have a large spectator experience and will play a decisive team game in the Europa League against Besikta in December 2018. The MFF mastered the hot Istanbul pot and moved on with the sole aim of the competition.
– We’ve tried a lot before. I can talk a little bit about the Besiktas competition, where we encountered a lot of opposition. For the first 15-20 minutes we were under a lot of pressure, but we escaped from it. After that, we realized within the match, they finally got their own supporters against them. It can also be changed for our benefit, says Ricks.
Yesterday, Monday, several Scottish media outlets reported that the Rangers were performing poorly when there were too many spectators. Manager Steven Gerrard is asked if he has thought about this.
– Not really. I didn’t hear the drone directly from the outside, honestly. We haven’t played in front of a packed Ibrax for a long time, and I hope those comments came from the past – they didn’t interest me. We’ve been looking forward to the packed stadium so much and we’ve been talking about it for a long time, Gerrard says.
Malmo FF’s Nicklaus Moisander is in the same line.
– I think we all want to play in front of full stands. It would be nice to play there and we want to calm them down tomorrow (read today) Of course, says the midfielder.
The winner of the doubles match awaits a place in the Champions League playoffs. Greek Olympiacos or Ludocorets from Bulgaria are waiting there.
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