Solbakken – Copenhagen must be perfect against Man United

Danish outfit Copenhagen will be looking to cause a major upset when they face Manchester United in the Quarter-finals of the competition in Cologne on Monday.

Manager of the side Stale Solbakken has noted that they need to be perfect to stand any chance of upsetting the Red Devils. They beat Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir in the last 16 to progress to this stage with a 3 nil at home last Wednesday, thanks to goals from Rasmus Falk and Jonas Wind.

Regardless, Solbakken acknowledges the quality of the opponents and pointed out that his side must embrace perfection if they are to upset the Red Devils who had lost just once in their last 23 games.

“In order to [beat United] we have to play perfect, we need a bit of luck. We maybe need a United that doesn’t fire on all cylinders,” he said in a news conference ahead of the game.

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“We need to be perfect defensively. We need to take one or two or three chances we get during a game like this. The chances are not great, but it’s an advantage for us this is not over 180 minutes but 90 minutes.

“But we have a good feeling. After the season we had a week’s break and when the players returned from that we were able to get a couple of players ready to play that were vital to us before.

“We have a good feeling after the 3-0 victory, but you should not put your house on us. We’ll give everything.”

When asked about the threat that would be posed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, he admitted he was under no illusions.

“We’re having to face the best Premier League team after the coronavirus break,” he said.

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“We’ve seen, among other things, how they beat LASK 5-0 with their B team, so no matter who they put out on the field, we’ll naturally have great respect.

“They have a lot of fast players, they play quickly and are good on the counterattack after Bruno Fernandes signed, and they also combine very quickly around the park. So there’s a lot to get nervous about, but we have to stick to our plan and see how far it can take us.

“We’re preparing exactly as we usually do for a European match, and we are, as always, well prepared for our opponent.”

Meanwhile, Copenhagen have faced one British side en-route this stage. They eliminated Scottish side Celtic with a 4:2 aggregate win.