“I’m very excited, it almost feels like a European game,” says Uwe Rosler ahead of QPR.
The Play Offs of the Sky Bet Championship kick off for Latics against Queens Park Rangers at the DW Stadium and the buzz surrounding the fixture can be felt within the squad, admits Uwe Rosler who himself says it’s an exciting prospect.
Speaking before his national press conference, Rosler told Latics Player:
“Preparations have been good and we have welcomed the fact that we’ve had a few days more to prepare than usual.
“It’s a different approach to any other games we will play.
“I always say Play Off games will never be won in the first leg, nothing will be decided until the second leg, but we can influence that by using our home advantage.
“We have a chance to go to London with a win under our belt, but a draw would not be a poor result put it that way.
“If that was the case then we would still be confident of achieving our aims in the second leg, we can go there and win and we have a good away record.”
Rosler’s aim at home is simple he says, and certainly doesn’t want anything like last weekend’s game against Blackburn Rovers in the final league game of the season, adding:
“First and foremost we have to be solid at home and attack QPR in the right manner and hopefully we will score, but one thing is for sure it can end up like it did last week against Blackburn Rovers, we don’t want it to be end-to-end from the first minute.”
“Last time we played QPR I felt we were very good, I’ve watched the game back since and I still have the same impression.
“We let it slip for 10 minutes or so, but throughout the game at Loftus Road we stopped their threats and created our own chances on the counter attack.
“We’ve performed well in both games against them this season, against what I consider to be the best squad in the league.”
Preparations for the game continued this (Thursday) evening at the DW Stadium as the squad trained on the pitch, a technique Rosler is hoping will create a positive ‘European’ atmosphere to the tie.
“I’m very excited about the Play Offs because they remind me of European games and when I played in Europe that was always the highlight of the season because of that knockout nature over the two legs.
“We’ve trained at the stadium today to create the atmosphere among the squad, just like teams do for European games.”
European football has been something for Latics fans to enjoy previously this season and Rosler called upon all Latics fans to come and support the team once more:
“This is the big one, whether you watch the team once a season or every game, this is the one we need you for.
“It’s going to be a great game of football, so come and experience the atmosphere first hand.”
Adding to that, the Manchester City legend said he would love to have some support from his former club’s fans as well for the game against QPR.
“It was a great result for them (Man City) against Aston Villa and I would like to wish my old team all the best for Sunday. It will be a real pressure situation but I think they can do it and win the title.”
“I think everyone knows about the attachment I have with Manchester City. The City fans have always treated brilliantly over the years and I often get good luck messages, when I was in Norway, at Brentford or since I came to Wigan. It would be fantastic if some of them came down tomorrow night to the QPR game to support me and the team.”
Tickets for the first leg of the Play Offs at the DW Stadium tomorrow (Friday) night are still on sale from the DW Stadium Ticket Offices.
Cash turnstiles will also be operating for the East and South stands, with adult tickets at just £20.
You can get more information on tickets by [clicking here].