Hasenhüttl: Focus on our game


Focussing entirely on his team and their meticulous preparation will be key to any hope of success at Stamford Bridge this weekend, manager Ralph Hasenhüttl has suggested as a showdown against European champions Chelsea nears.

Unusually, Thomas Tuchel's side enter the tie off the back of two defeats, albeit they came at the hands of two more of European football's elite in Manchester City and Juventus.

Despite that, or perhaps because of it, the manager is expecting a particularly tough encounter on Saturday, one that will stretch his side to its limits, but one he is confident they will be ready to tackle head on.

"For them it's a very important game now, they've lost twice. It's very unusual for them," the boss reflected.

"We go there, like every season, with a lot of respect but also believing in what we are doing. We want to create another positive result in this ground.

"We always feel good there. Most of the time, it has been very good games. You don't have to speak about the quality of the opponent, we know this. We need a similar performance like the one against Man City.

"Hopefully we find the right mixture and shape for the weekend. For us it's important that we aren't scared, we have to try to make another surprise.

"A big setback [against Wolves], because the chances were there to win the game. A disaster for us. But the league is very long, we've had a tough schedule in the beginning.

"We know we need to take the first win; there's always a chance to do it. If you want to be successful [at Stamford Bridge], you need everything to go right."