Rosler looking forward to debut against Maribor
Uwe Rosler says that despite the short space of time he’s had to work with his new squad, he believes the group is ready to get back to winning ways against NK Maribor on Thursday evening and regain some much needed confidence.
Speaking in the official Europa League pre-match press conference, Rosler spoke of how impressed he had been with the commitment of the players during a demanding week and how he hopes to repay the sterling efforts of around 1,000 travelling Latics fans:
“There’s been a lot of work to do in a short space of time; assessing the players, organising the travel arrangements for Thursday’s game and getting everything ready for the game itself.
“We’ve left a few players back in Wigan for different reasons, but we’ve brought out a competitive squad and there will be a few changes to the team from last Saturday.
“This is a great opportunity for me to see players in a competitive environment where they can impress me and impress the supporters who they owe it to after a long journey out to Slovenia.
“We have an important game as well on Sunday against Bolton Wanderers but we want to do well on Thursday first and regain some confidence after the recent run of defeats.
“I’ve seen a determination from the players in training this week to make that happen; everyone is focused, ready to take information on board and ready to get back a winning feeling at the club.”
Latics need to win and hope group winners Rubin Kazan beat Zulte Waregem in Bruges in order to qualify for the Round of 32, but whilst Rosler is hoping for a bit of luck from Group D’s other game he believes the game against Maribor is a great opportunity to learn something new:
“The whole club and the town of Wigan has clearly embraced the competition on the back of the fantastic achievement of winning the FA Cup last season.
“When I was a player I always made the most of the European competitions I was fortunate enough to play in; it’s a great opportunity for the whole club, but most importantly the players, to learn new cultures and learn to cope with different styles of football.
“We need a little bit of luck on the night because the situation is no longer in our own hands, but both teams will feel they have much to play for, both will want to progress in the competition and al we need to do is make sure we do our job.”