Familiar first-round foe

VfL Women begin their Champions League campaign away to ZFK Spartak Subotica, just as they did in 2015.

Olympique Lyon, FC Rosengard, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona – and now Spartak Subotica: the team with the most Serbian league titles to their name are the sixth club that VfL Wolfsburg have been drawn against at least twice in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

Just over five years after facing them in the first round of their 2015/16 UWCL campaign, two-time competition-winners VfL are traveling to the fifth-largest city in Serbia once again. The first leg of the Round of 32 tie will kick-off at 15:00 CET on Wednesday 9 December (live on Wölfe TV). The return leg at the AOK Stadion will be played on 16 December (kick-off 18:00 CET, again live on Wölfe TV).

“Create a solid foundation”

Before the game, VfL head coach Stephan Lerch discussed…

…the objectives for the match: “We want to make the most of the size of the pitch, which means letting the ball do the work and keeping the opposition chasing after it. We had a 0-0 draw here five years ago, so now we want to get our first goal in this stadium – and hopefully a few more as well.”

…the atmosphere in the camp: “I get the sense there’s a good and positive atmosphere overall. We’re all happy that we can play in the Champions League again at the end of the year, because it’s always something special to take part in this competition. We need to create a solid foundation and hopefully put ourselves in a good position with a good result.”

…the opposition: “Subotica are well clear at the top of the Serbian league and they’re scoring an average of six goals per game. Obviously you can’t compare that to the level of the Women’s Bundesliga though. Atletico Madrid had difficulty against them last season and only won 4-3 on aggregate. They’re a team with a good mind-set and a lot of fighting spirit.”



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