Ten Hag takes FC Utrecht responsible for the respect English soccer
Trainer Erik ten Hag looks with great confidence to the heenwedstrijd of FC Utrecht in the second qualifying round of the Europa League against Valletta FC from Malta. The coach is aware that his team must perform.
“In respect of Dutch football and the points in this tournament for the ranking to earn, we have a responsibility. That we must take,” said Ten Hag on the site of the club.
It is for the first time since 2013 that FC Utrecht enters in the second qualifying round of the Europa League. Four years ago the team of former coach Jan Wouters disabled by the Luxembourg club FC Differdange 03.
The only other time FC Utrecht in the Europa League, played in the 2010/2011 season. The Fc defeated KF Tirana, FC Luzern and Celtic in the preliminary round, but finished then at the groepfase. In a group with Liverpool, Napoli and Steaua Bucharest lost to FC Utrecht by the way only one time.
At Hag hopes that his team, which last season a European ticket, which was conquered by AZ in the decisive play-off defeat, this season was a lot of duels to be able to play in the Europa League.
“Events such as this play is of great importance for players”, realizes the coach. “We have the necessary players in the ranks with European experience, and also what guys who have not yet experienced. These experiences and this kind of matches, you become better. The more of these parties, the better.”
At the Hag realizes that the first match in the second qualifying round of the Europa League early in the season, but the coach thinks that his team is ready for the encounter with Valletta.
“We have our well-read and know what we of Valletta can expect. We had two and a half weeks for us at this party to prepare for and knew that time was short.”
At the Hag should it be Thursday night yet to do so without, among others, Ramon Leeuwin. The defender was two weeks ago at the training ground of FC Utrecht hit by a scooter and was not yet fully restored. Also gain Cyriel Dessers is injured.
The heenduel of FC Utrecht with Valletta FC in the second qualifying round of the Europa League starts Thursday night at 19.30 hours on the island of Malta. The return, which, due to the european CHAMPIONSHIP women’s football is played in the stadium of RKC Waalwijk, is a week later on the program.
Watch the program in the second qualifying round of the Europa League