The head coach of the Austrian Sturm players, Christian Ilzer, commented on the team’s game in the match with Dynamo Kyiv (0:1) in the first match of the 3rd round of the Champions League selection.
Austrians mentor notedthat continues to believe in success in the sum of two fights.
“We did not underestimate Dynamo, but, unfortunately, we did not show on the field the dynamism that we showed against Salzburg. There were a good 20 minutes in which we had to take the lead. I know that Dynamo is a big favorite, I spoke about this at the pre-match press conference. Everything was perfect until 0:1. The missed ball disturbed us. Dynamo showed control and class back then. Kievans tried to slow down the game in the second half and close the gap. Sturm lacked quality, dynamism and freshness in defense. We want to correct this result and continue to believe in the sensation. We knew how we needed to play against the people of Kiev, but today we failed to do it. In general, it was a good game,” said Ilzer.
The second leg will take place on August 9 at the Graz-Libenau Arena in Graz. Start – at 21.30.
The winner of the confrontation Dynamo – Sturm on the sum of two fights will advance to the playoff round of the Champions League, where on August 16/17 and 23/24 will play with the best team of the Benfica (Portugal) – Midtjylland (Denmark) pair. The loser will go to the group stage of the UEFA Europa League.