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Harry aims for 'flying start'

Posted on 14 September 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp is looking to open our Champions League account early as we kick-off against Werder Bremen tonight.

Harry aims for 'flying start'

Harry Redknapp is looking to open our Champions League account early as we kick-off against Werder Bremen tonight.

It's our first game of six in Group A of the competition as we face the Bundesliga side from the north-west of Germany, reigning champions Inter Milan and Dutch title winners FC Twente.

Harry is fully aware of the task ahead against a side that finished third in the Bundesliga last term and are preparing for their ninth campaign in the Champions League.

Nevertheless, he wants a positive start. "We're starting the group with a very difficult away game, but it's important to get something from it," he said.

"We always look to win every game anyway and we're looking to make a flying start in the competition.

"You don't want to get beaten in your first game, you want to get points on the board.

"It's the first time the club has been in the competition since 1961-62 and we're delighted to be here.

"And now we're here, we want to have a real go at it, we want to progress.

"We've got good players who can play on this stage and we've now go to go out and prove it."

A FEW FACTS ON WERDER BREMEN...

- Werder finished third in the Bundesliga last season and qualified for the group stages of the Champions League via the play-offs - the same as us - by beating Italian side Sampdoria 5-4 on aggregate.

- They are currently mid-table in the Bundesliga after only three games and picked up a 0-0 draw at Bayern Munich on Saturday.

- Wesley (Santos), Mickael Silvestre (Arsenal), Felix Kroos (Hansa Rostock) and Marko Arnautovic (Twente) are their summer arrivals.

- However, they lost midfield star Mesut Ozil to Real Madrid.

- Key defender and German international Per Mertesacker is out after fracturing his eye socket on international duty.

- Coach Thomas Schaaf is a one-club man. He played for Werder Bremen all his career, coached the club's youth and reserve teams and took over the first team in 1999.

- They enjoyed five-successive seasons in the group stages of the Champions League before missing out last season.

- Werder reached the final of the UEFA Cup in 2008-09, where they were beaten by Shakhtar Donetsk, our conquerors earlier in the competition.

- This is only Werder's second CL match against English opposition after facing Chelsea in the group stages in 2006-07 - beating the Blues at the Weserstadion.