Julen Lopetegui in the press room
First team


The coach reiterated the respect he has for Qarabag and was clear that the Real Madrid match on Sunday hasn't even come into his thinking yet

Julen Lopetegui gave a short and sweet press conference just before taking a training session in the Tofiq Bahramov stadium in Baku: "We know very well that teams have struggled here in the past because Qarabag are a good side, with a lot of good local and foreign players. Of course we know them well".  

He was questioned by the media of what he thought of taking a point from the fixture, but he was very clear: "We always go out to win every game we play, by showing the maximum amount of respect to the opponent and we know that Qarabag are a good side. For us there's only one game on our minds, and that's the one tomorrow". In addition, he is aware of how special the UEL is: "Tomorrow we have the first game of our new adventure which excites us a lot, because this club has a strong connection and history with this competition, and vice-versa. We are only thinking about how we are going to overcome the difficulties that Qarabag are going to pose us".

He didn't want to give any information on the starting XI for tomorrow: "We are going to go with the best team possible to give us the biggest chance of winning tomorrow. We have a large squad and we will try to use it as well as possible, because every player has a chance to play. Tomorrow we will know the line-up and while it's possible that some players might not get to play, they all have the opportunity right now to play and help us win the game tomorrow". Additionally, he made it very clear that now is not the moment to think about the Real Madrid match. "Thinking about two games at the same time is impossible, that's why we're only concentrating on Qarabag. It's the only way to approach a game correctly - to only look at what is directly in front of you".

Communication Department