Arsenal now looking to make cup latter stages, says Alex Scott
PUBLISHED: 09:26 31 October 2012 | UPDATED: 11:16 31 October 2012
2012 The FA
AS Arsenal Ladies gear up to face Potsdam in the last 16 of the UEFA Women’s Champions League, full-back Alex Scott says the team is fully focused on bringing home the silverware they last won in 2007.
The Gunners ended a hugely successful season by completing a domestic league and cup double – and they are aiming for a hat-trick of trophies by adding the Champions League title to that.
But it won’t be easy in the quarter-final tie to be played at Boreham Wood FC tomorrow (Thursday) at 2pm.
German outfit Potsdam are historically strong in the competition having won it in 2010 and making the final in the 2011. They have also won the women’s Bundesliga for the past four seasons.
So a victory for Arsenal over the two legs of the quarter-final will show a real statement of intent to get their hands on the silverware this season.
“They are a great side who have some great history in the competition, so to play them so early on in the competition is going to be difficult for us,” said Scott, who lives in Welwyn Garden City.
“It will be a good challenge for us and we will have to make sure we are ready for it.
“We are at home in the first leg, so it’s important to get the advantage; we hope to get a few goals and it is very important to try and get a clean sheet.”
The Gunners won the Women’s Super League having gone unbeaten all season, and were eight points clear of second-placed Birmingham City Ladies.
As well as beating their Midlands rivals to top spot, Arsenal dealt a hammer blow to The Blues when they defeated them 1-0 in the Continental Cup to make it a double domestic success.
Scott topped off a fine 2012 for herself personally when she represented Team GB at the London Olympics, as the side went out to Canada (2-0) at the quarter-final stage.
Scott added: “It couldn’t have gone any better for me this year, I couldn’t have wished for any more.
“It was a great season for Arsenal, and we’re still going for the Champions League, and then the Olympics was just brilliant.
“It was disappointing though to not have finished with at least a bronze medal; but people have come up to me and said things such as how the atmosphere in the [group] game against Brazil was the best [GB won 1-0], and that is fantastic to hear.
“Now everyone is getting behind the England team, and we are all planning and progressing for the future, it’s all very exciting.”
Scott has tipped French outfit Lyon to be a big danger in the Champions League competition, and with seven France internationals in their ranks, they are bound to be a threat.
Lyon will travel to take on Russian outfit FK Zorkiy Krasnogorsk in the first leg of their last 16 encounter, a day before Arsenal host Potsdam.
The Gunners will have to keep a close eye on Potsdam striker Yuki Ogimi who has netted seven goals in just five Bundesliga games so far, with her team in second spot behind table-toppers Frankfurt, on 12 points from their five games played.
Her strike partner Genoveva Añonma is likewise in good form, having hit five league goals so far this term.
The clash at Boreham Wood FC will be free entry for 16 and unders.
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