Euro clash means more to Petrescu

03 November 2009 04:59
Unirea Urziceni coach Dan Petrescu insists Wednesday's return meeting with Rangers is a bigger match for him than it is for the visitors.Petrescu's side triumphed 4-1 at Ibrox last month and currently sit second in Champions League Group G. [LNB]"It's important for them but for me it's more important than for Rangers. They are used to these games," he said. [LNB]"For me it's the first time in the Champions League and I'm hoping that I'll have a big game tomorrow and win." [LNB]Despite having only one point from three games, Rangers could propel themselves back into contention for qualification for the next round with a win. [LNB]"I don't think a draw is good enough for Rangers," added former Chelsea defender Petrescu. [LNB]"Maybe a draw is good for us because, if we draw, we have a 90% chance to go into the Europa League (by finishing third in the group) and it's also a good achievement for us. [LNB]"Maybe in the start they will not attack too much but in the end, they have to risk because they have to win, if they want to qualify."[LNB] We need supporters tomorrow because I know the Glasgow Rangers fans will be maybe 2,000 and they know how to help a team Dan Petrescu Petrescu played down his side's performance following their victory in Glasgow and has been frustrated by the domestic results Unirea have had immediately after Champions League games. [LNB]"I said that I didn't think we played that well (at Ibrox)," said Petrescu. [LNB]"We scored from three set-ups but in the open play we could've done better. [LNB]"The problem was in the league because every time we play in the Champions League, next game we don't win in the league and I was not very happy with the performances and still not happy with them. [LNB]"If they win tomorrow maybe I'll be happy." [LNB]Wednesday's match will take place at Steaua Bucharest's ground, which offers a larger capacity than Unirea's home ground. [LNB]"Our team doesn't have too many supporters," added Petrescu. [LNB]"At home games we have 3,000 or 4,000 people. Maybe there'll be 2,000 from our city coming here and hopefully, like against Stuttgart, another 15,000 people from Bucharest. Who knows? [LNB]"Somebody told me that maybe the stadium will be full and they'll support us. [LNB]"But for sure we need supporters tomorrow because I know the Glasgow Rangers fans will be maybe 2,000 and they know how to help a team." [LNB]Petrescu made a bet with his players after the win at Ibrox - one which he wants to lose. [LNB]He said: "I bet that they will not make any points any more because the Romanian teams always win a game and afterwards they lose all the games. [LNB]"I said to them I think exactly the same because this is the mentality of this country and you don't want more from your life. [LNB]"And now I'll see tomorrow after the game if they win but that is not about money, there's no money. [LNB]"It's the first bet I want to lose in my life. It's good for them, I hope they win."

Source: BBC_Sport