NEWS STORY. 15/12/2021
Alberto Toril and Nahikari assessed the upcoming clash with Kharkiv in the sixth and final Women's Champions League Group Stage fixture at the Alfredo Di Stéfano (Thursday, 6:45pm CET). The coach reflected: "We're eager to finish off the Group Stage strongly and continue our upwards trajectory of recent games. We want to close out with a win, some good football and positive feelings".
“Bearing in mind that we've been playing every three days for several weeks, we are fatigued but we're managing the squad and we head into the game in good shape. All the players want to get game time, do a good job and earn a place in the side".
We're trying to give a good account of ourselves in every game and remain mentally strong. If you foster a positive, winning mentality on a consistent basis, you create habits and things come more easily. That's the path to victory and improving as a team".
“They were behind us the other day and we felt their support, it's important for the players to feel the fans are behind them. We hope they can be here and help us to get the win tomorrow. Tomorrow is the time to build up a head of steam. I have faith in all the players and hope we can put on a good display".
Nahikari: “It will be a tough game”
“They are intense opposition with quick players up top and solid at the back. They made life difficult for us at their place and we struggled to break them down, I'm sure it will be a tough game. They come into this one with nothing to lose and will be looking to finish the Group Stage on a high. It will be a demanding clash, we have to deliver our best. We want to finish off this stage with positive feelings having worked really well as a team, despite lots of issues, we've overcome them together”.
“Champions League nights at the Di Stéfano are so enjoyable. We want the fans to have fun watching us play and clinch good results for them. I hope we can give them something to celebrate and we're continuing to grow as has been the case for weeks. They've been right behind us in big games, cheering us on. I hope the Di Stéfano will be fuller with each passing game".