Trailing Paris Saint-Germain 4-0, Sami Hyypiä asked Bayer 04 Leverkusen to show no fear while Laurent Blanc is urging his charges to “remain vigilant” despite their lead.
His Bayer 04 Leverkusen side may trail Paris Saint-Germain 4-0 but Sami Hyypiä is hopeful an improved round of 16 second-leg showing at the Parc des Princes can give the German club something to build on for the remainder of the season. For Paris coach Laurent Blanc, meanwhile, Wednesday is a chance to prove the “richness of our squad” and that Paris are genuine contenders for a first-ever European Cup.
Laurent Blanc, coach
We don’t necessarily fear anything about this match – we prepare for every fixture to win it. We respect these opponents, just like we respect every opponent. Each Champions League game requires thorough preparation. We’re playing at home, so we’ll have to take the game to them like we did in the away leg.
Sami Hyypiä, coach
We won’t have any motivation problems: this is a Champions League game and you don’t need to motivate your players. We have played three very high-profile matches this season in the competition, two against Manchester United [FC] and the home leg versus Paris. Each time, we played with a bit of fear, so we need to approach this match better.