Labbadia plays down emphatic win

Posted Friday, July 31, 2009 by PA

Hamburg coach Bruno Labbadia refused to get carried away despite seeing his side all but secure a place in the Europa League play-offs with a 4-0 win at Randers.

The Bundesliga side demolished their Danish opposition to make the second leg of the third round qualifier at the HSV-Arena little more than a formality.

But Labbadia warned: "With all the joy, we should not make this victory out to be better than it is."

He added: "The opponent tried to counter us with their physical presence early on, but in the end you have got to say that our quality and assurance with the ball won through."

Hamburg are back in action on Monday evening in the first round of the DFB-Pokal and Labbadia insists there was no time to revel in Thursday's victory.

"We are still in the preparation period and now we have to focus on Monday's cup game in Dusseldorf," he said.

"We really wanted to put into practice what we had been working on and our aim now is to do that consistently.

"We have seen Dusseldorf many times. They are a team with experienced players and an experienced coach.

"There is going to be a bit of euphoria carrying them too and we have got to turn that into our favour."


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