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Visitors Zürich confident of good result

Postby FCBayernNews » Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:50 am

On Tuesday evening, FC Zürich coach Urs Fischer and club captain Silvan Aegarter took to the stage in the Allianz Arena media centre and gazed out over the audience. For a time, both men were speechless: neither had seen anything like it for a news conference before. "It's truly impressive. It looks like a movie theatre here," commented Fischer, amazed by the luxurious auditorium with its rows of comfortable seats.

The coach's first words almost sounded like those of a casual day-tripper, but Fischer and his team are not in Munich merely to see the sights, as his second statement made crystal clear. "We've come here to win," the coach declared on the eve of Wednesday's Champions League play-off first leg against Bayern. "It's possible, but obviously, everything would have to go way," Fischer continued.

"Naturally, we have huge respect for Bayern, but we'll take them on with plenty of courage, determination and desire. We need to find a balance between attack and defence. If you simply come here and set out your stall, sooner or later you'll be punished." The Swiss boss has taken note of the tactics used by Borussia Mönchengladbach on the opening day of the Bundesliga season. "We're aiming to make life as difficult as possible for them, just like Gladbach did," Fischer stated.

The former Switzerland international knows his FCZ team will need their share of good fortune if they are to make the group stage. "You'll always need luck if you're to come away with anything from here." Club captain Aegarter agreed with his boss: "Bayern are one of the best teams in Europe with any number of star players." By contrast, Zürich have featured only once in the Champions League group stage, and although they finished bottom of their section in 2009/10, they chalked up a remarkable 1-0 win away to AC Milan.

Plagued by injury

In the couple of years since then, the team has undergone a radical transformation, although the side lying sixth in the Swiss Super League have arrived in Munich with a raft of injury concerns. Striker Alexandre Alphonse ruptured a calf muscle in last Saturday's 2-1 victory away to champions Basel and is out of the midweek clash. Midfield dynamo Stjepan Kukuruzovic (cruciate) and defender Philipp Koch (suspension) are also definitely sidelined, but the FCZ party is still in extremely good spirits. "My team and I are really looking forward to the match," Fischer insisted.

And it is a very special clash for the coach personally, as Fischer has been a diehard Bayern fan since his childhood. "I've always really liked the club, and Franz Beckenbauer was my idol," the 45-year-old confessed. That also sounded like something a tourist would say, but Fischer and his FC Zürich troops will do anything but gaze around the Allianz Arena in awe and wonder on Wednesday evening.
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