Preview: Wednesday's Champions League play-off second legs

The last five UEFA Champions League group stage berths are up for grabs on Wednesday. Here's what the ten coaches in contention had to say ahead of the play-off second legs.

Ajax go to Rostov with the score at 1-1
Ajax go to Rostov with the score at 1-1 ©Getty Images
  • Manchester City and Borussia Mönchengladbach host play-off second legs with leads
  • FC København are 1-0 up as they go to APOEL
  • Rostov and Ajax are level at 1-1, as are Salzburg and Dinamo Zagreb

Rostov v Ajax
Dmitri Kirichenko, Rostov (caretaker coach)
Our team, our city, all of Russia expects that we'll reach the UEFA Champions League group stage. We've studied the first leg and we need to improve the structure of our play. We did some things wrong which led to us losing the initiative and allowed Ajax to create chances. This needs to be corrected.

Highlights: Ajax 1-1 Rostov
Highlights: Ajax 1-1 Rostov

Peter Bosz, Ajax
After the first leg nothing has changed for us, as Ajax always play attacking football using our own system. The fact Jasper Cillessen is here means he is an Ajax player. We always travel with three goalkeepers. I've made my decision about the goalkeeper for tomorrow and tonight I will announce it to the players.

  • Davy Klaassen's 38th-minute penalty cancelled out Christian Noboa's opener for Rostov as the sides drew 1-1 in their meeting last week.

Manchester City v Steaua București
Josep Guardiola, Man. City
Why would we play tomorrow thinking it is done? It is not done. It is another 90 minutes with a big advantage. I said to the players: 'I'm sorry, guys, we are not in the Champions League.' We have to respect Steaua and play seriously. Of course, it is another opportunity to improve our game and to [get to] know each other.

Laurențiu Reghecampf, Steaua
I don't think there is a question of who will qualify tomorrow. Unfortunately we lost the game in Bucharest, but tomorrow will be a chance for players who haven't played much lately for us. We will try to finish the Champions League campaign with a good performance because I think the players need this. We know what to expect and certainly they will change and rotate many players.

  • Sergio Agüero missed two penalties, then went on to score a hat-trick, as City defeated Steaua 5-0 on 16 August. The result was the Citizens' biggest away victory in UEFA competition and Steaua's heaviest home reverse.

APOEL v FC København
Thomas Christiansen, APOEL
København are favourites after they won 1-0 in the first leg. But now we have our chance and we will fight hard to change the stats in order to qualify for the next round. I want my players to give 120% in order to achieve our goal. For us, this is the game of the year – and for me, it is the biggest in my coaching career so far.

Highlights: København 1-0 APOEL
Highlights: København 1-0 APOEL

Ståle Solbakken, København
We are looking forward to finishing the job, though we are playing against a strong opponent with not many weaknesses. We are prepared for all scenarios, including extra time and penalties. I don't have good memories of 2009 [when Solbakken's FCK lost 3-1 on aggregate to APOEL in the play-offs], but that was several years ago. We are confident about Wednesday's match.

  • FCK have the edge after a 1-0 first-leg victory. Andrija Pavlović rounded Boy Waterman two minutes before half-time, giving København a slender advantage to protect in Cyprus.

Salzburg v Dinamo Zagreb
Óscar García, Salzburg
It will be a fantastic match and we have a great chance of qualifying for the group stage. However, nothing has been decided yet despite us having scored in Zagreb. We need a disciplined and focused performance. Jonathan Soriano is still a doubt with a hamstring injury.

Highlights: Dinamo Zagreb 1-1 Salzburg
Highlights: Dinamo Zagreb 1-1 Salzburg

Zlatko Kranjčar, Dinamo
After some injuries I am pleased that everyone is ready for tomorrow's match – that was our main concern for the whole of last week. Salzburg will probably play more cautiously, more defensively, than in the first leg, but I am confident we will create opportunity and will hopefully score too.

  • Marko Rog's 76th-minute penalty earned Dinamo a 1-1 draw in the first leg, Valentino Lazaro having headed Salzburg into the lead just before the hour.

Borussia Mönchengladbach v Young Boys
André Schubert, Mönchengladbach
We are in a good position but we want to dominate and win this match. Anything can happen in football – a red card and a penalty in the first minute could turn everything upside down. That's why we'll be very focused.

Highlights: Young Boys 1-3 Mönchengladbach
Highlights: Young Boys 1-3 Mönchengladbach

Adi Hütter, Young Boys
We wanted to come to Monchengladbach in a better position – the first-leg result didn't reflect how closely matched the teams were. Now we have to score three without conceding, which is a tough task. There's no extra motivation needed; maybe we can make the impossible possible.

  • Gladbach prevailed 3-1 in the first leg in the Swiss capital, two goals in three second-half minutes putting the Foals in charge.

Reporting from Viktor Sharafudinov, Sam Duffy, Constantinos Shiamboullis, Rok Šinkovc & Harry Jurkschat

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