With a scoring rate of 75 goals in 108 Bundesliga games for FC Salzburg, expectations were high when Austrian international Marc Janko joined Dutch champions FC Twente in the summer, and he has not disappointed for his new club.
The 1.92m marksman has struck three times in four Eredivisie matches going into Saturday's showdown with league leaders AFC Ajax and will be aiming to score his first in the UEFA Champions League when Twente visit Tottenham Hotspur FC next Wednesday. Speaking to UEFA.com, he looked back on his side's 2-2 draw with FC Internazionale Milano on Matchday 1 and the challenge ahead.
UEFA.com: How was Twente's first taste of the UEFA Champions League?
Marc Janko: I think we did really well. It was the club's first game in the Champions League and I think we did a good job, especially in defence. With a little luck we could have scored the third goal right before half-time, but I missed it. One point is OK for both teams.
UEFA.com: Did you expect Twente to take a point off the champions?
Janko: To be honest I hoped so because I know we have a really good team. I hoped Inter Milan would underestimate us a little bit, but I think they know how strong we are and they were aware of us. Not only for me but for every player of FC Twente, it was a great experience against the best team in the world, against the best players in the world.
UEFA.com: What did coach Michel Preud'homme say to you before the game?
Janko: He told us we can compete with anybody in Europe and that we have to prove it. He believes in us and gave us a lot of confidence.
UEFA.com: How have you settled at Twente?
Janko: It's getting better every day. I feel more comfortable, the people are really really nice here. The fans are awesome, they are the best fans I have ever experienced and it's always fun to play at home. I'm looking forward to the next game because I think we can do even better.
UEFA.com: How does the football here compare to Austria?
Janko: It's not very different, but of course the quality of the training is a little bit higher and the speed is a little bit faster so you have to adapt.
UEFA.com: You worked with some Dutch coaches in Austria as well so I suppose you already had an idea of the Dutch way of working.
Janko: I had the pleasure of working with Co Adriaanse and Huub Stevens so I do know about the Dutch way of playing. It's well known that Dutch players are very attack-minded. As a forward I like it, I like the way they play here. It was an easy decision for me to come here.
FC Twente are now one of the top teams in Holland and we showed against Inter that we can keep up with the top teams in Europe.
UEFA.com: Twente are considered the underdogs in Group A, but how far can you go?
Janko: Anything is possible in this group, I think we can beat anybody. It's a really strong group, but even Inter Milan now know we are capable of getting through the group stage.
UEFA.com: What does it mean to you to play in the UEFA Champions League?
Janko: It's a dream come true. Every player dreams of competing with the best players and the best teams in the world, and the Champions League gives us the chance to do that. I will try to enjoy these games as much as possible, because you never know if you will get the chance again.
The second episode of UEFA.com's behind-the-scenes documentary The Twente Story will be published this afternoon.
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