Arsenal prepare for German Champions League semi-final test
PUBLISHED: 13:53 11 April 2013 | UPDATED: 13:54 11 April 2013
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ARSENAL defender Alex Scott believes it would be foolish for her side to take Champions League debut side VFL Wolfsburg lightly ahead of Sunday’s semi-final tie.
The German side have been the surprise package to many in this year’s competition, but Scott, who lives in WGC, is not so surprised by their progress, and is expecting a tough two legs.
“We know any German side are going to be physically very tough, and they have got some German internationals in there too, so it’s not so surprising to see where they are,” said the full-back.
“It is a really tough draw, but we are at home first leg so hopefully we can go out there [Germany] with a win in the bag.
“It’s good that we have got the first leg at home; if we get the win and keep a clean sheet it will give us a confidence to go out there and complete the job.”
Wolfsburg made it through to the semi-finals with a 4-1 aggregate victory against FC Rossiyanka, while Arsenal saw off the challenge ASD Torres by the same aggregate scoreline.
“I suppose people will be surprised with how they have done seeing as it is their first time in the competition - but all the German sides are very strong, so we just have to try and get an early goal in the first leg,” added Scott.
The other semi-final pits many people’s favourites for the Champions League, Lyon, against their French counterparts FCF Juvisy Essonne.
Back in October, Scott tipped Lyon to be the major threat in the competition, and her viewpoint hasn’t changed.
She said: “I think it will be a foregone conclusion with the Lyon game, they are so strong with the players they have got, and I am sure they will make the final.
“We just have to make sure we do what we have to do to play them in the final.”
Lyon made it through to the final four in some style, securing an overall 8-0 win against Malmö, with FCF Juvisy Essonne triumphing 3-1 on aggregate against Göteborg.
The final will be played at Stamford Bridge, the home of Chelsea Football Club, on Thursday, May 23.
The games are coming thick and fast for Scott. The 28-year-old was scheduled to play for Arsenal in their FA Cup Quarter-Final at home to Birmingham City last night (Tuesday), and prior to this, on Sunday, Scott played the full 90 minutes of England’s 1-0 win at home to Olympic bronze medalists Canada.
“It’s really good to be getting all these games in at the moment,” continued Scott.
“Looking at pre-season, and then the cup games so far for Arsenal, we have really hit the ground running and everyone is just excited for the start of the league now.”
Arsenal’s game against Wolfsburg will take place at Borehamwood FC this Sunday (April 14) with a 2pm kick-off time.
The second leg will at Wolfsburg’s Volkswagen Arena on April 21, 11am British Summer Time.
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