Can Maribor surprise in Germany? Mainz have a good advantage in the UEFA Youth Champions League, but the vijoličasti are ready to fight
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The Germans predict more than 3,000 spectators in the stands, and the Mainz camp emphasises: ”We want to continue to make history!” All well and good, but Maribor did not wave the white flag for the return leg of the first round of the UEFA Youth Champions League.
“Maribor always says there is no surrender,” he told club website Tine Čuk, one of the young Maribor players who coach Dejan Dončić took to the return leg of the elite youth competition, emphatically stressed.
“The advantage from Ljudski vrt gives our rivals a favourable starting point, but it brings us extra motivation to try to score goals, take the lead and create more uncertainty. We have tactically changed certain things, I believe we are well prepared. The four goals scored in the last championship match are a good start, but we know that the task ahead is challenging. It will be harder to score, to outplay and we need a really perfect game to get to the surprise. But we didn’t give up, and with our possible lead, anything is possible in the remainder of the match,” added 18-year-old Tine Čuk, who has already played 9 games for the Štajerska Giants in the past.
The return leg at the Bruchwegstadion kicks off at 18:30 and Mainz will go into the match with a 2-0 advantage. The winner of this match will play against Dinamo Minsk in the second round, who beat Ludogorets.
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