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Gustavsson on Tyresö's road to the final

Published: Tuesday 20 May 2014, 7.46CET
Coach Tony Gustavsson talks UEFA.com through the campaign that has taken Swedish club Tyresö FF to their first final, starting with a debut against Paris Saint-Germain.
by Tony Gustavsson
from Tyreso
Gustavsson on Tyresö's road to the final
Tyresö are in their first final ©UEFA.com
Published: Tuesday 20 May 2014, 7.46CET

Gustavsson on Tyresö's road to the final

Coach Tony Gustavsson talks UEFA.com through the campaign that has taken Swedish club Tyresö FF to their first final, starting with a debut against Paris Saint-Germain.

Round of 32: Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 (h), 0-0 (a), agg: 2-1
We knew it could be a very difficult path because we had no seeding whatsoever; that we could face a very tough opponent early on in the tournament. And so we did when we drew Paris. We played a really, really good game, especially in terms of game management. The way this team could play away against PSG and defend well, that's what we did in three 0-0 games [away from home] in the Champions League. At home we have a 19-3 goal difference and three clear wins, so we played differently at home than away and I think game management put us through successfully against PSG.

Round of 16: Fortuna Hjørring 2-1 (a), 4-0 (h), agg: 6-1
It was a tricky [first leg] in the conditions. We had to work really hard. I was convinced we could control the second leg and play our natural passing game. [In Denmark] we needed to be clinical, though we struggled to adapt as well as Fortuna. They were better than us in the first half and we were fortunate to go into the break at 0-0. We changed it up in the second half and scored two fantastic goals.

Quarter-finals: SV Neulengbach 8-1 (h), 0-0 (a), agg: 8-1
It's no coincidence [in the first leg Christen Press and Marta] scored three goals each, they have enormous qualities. A couple of things were important for us [in the return]: to play solidly in defence, and to play away because we needed to practise that before the game against Birmingham.

Semi-finals: Birmingham City LFC 0-0 (a), 3-0 (h), agg: 3-0
Everything was at stake in that one game [the second leg] – one last hurdle to get to the final. And the girls were so brave. We talked about releasing the handbrake, being asked to play and show the best of ourselves. And we had no regrets that day, with the way the supporters were supporting us, the way the players actually played. It was a game where you can actually lose your head, because we created a lot of chances, didn't score goals; we got a penalty, didn't score. That's where inexperienced teams and teams that don't have the game management can lose their heads and get frustrated and lose the game. But the girls didn't. They were very brave, they stuck to the game plan. They were very patient. They scored: 1-0. Then two, three. So it was a really impressive game.

Overall
The big goal, the dream that we had together for a long time, [has] now [been] reached, meaning the final on 22 May in Lisbon. We know we are not the favourites. We play Wolfsburg, who won last year ... I lost nine players and four staff members in the winter window because of financial trouble. But the spirit within the group, and the spirit within the squad, has been phenomenal. And it kind of got us together even more. Playing the final for 90 minutes, anything can happen.

Tony Gustavsson was speaking to Andy Brassell

Last updated: 21/05/14 21.10CET

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