Forward Jeppe Curth believes Aalborg BK have put their name firmly on the European football map with their efforts in the UEFA Champions League after scoring in a 2-2 draw away to Manchester United FC on Tuesday.
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Aalborg BK have put their name firmly on the European football map with their efforts in the UEFA Champions League according to forward Jeppe Curth.
The Danish titleholders bowed out of the competition with a creditable 2-2 draw at Manchester United FC on Wednesday night and Curth, scorer of their second goal, told uefa.com afterwards: "The club have been doing very well in the Champions League and have put Aalborg on the map and that was important. It is very satisfying – we were playing the best team in the world and if you look at the press and what other people told us we had no chance at all so it was fantastic to go home with one point."
Found their feet
The AaB squad stayed out on the Old Trafford pitch long after the final whistle to celebrate with their fans after ensuring that Allan Kuhn, their outgoing caretaker coach, ended his 12-game stewardship unbeaten. Although they lost heavily in their second and third Group E fixtures – 3-0 at home to United and 6-3 at Villarreal CF – they avoided defeat in their last three matches to secure third place as they found their feet on the big stage. Curth said: "For many of our players this was the first time in the Champions League and we have a very young team, we had to see what this is about. At this level players react fast, they play the ball fast, they do everything very fast so you have to go to another level when you play against them.
"In the first game we did very well against Celtic away [a 0-0 draw] but then we met a very good Man United team at home and we knew it would be difficult. We took on board the lessons learned and got better from the mistakes we made." Curth, a self-declared United supporter, is hoping he can say his team have "got a draw against the winners" of this season's UEFA Champions League but it is the UEFA Cup that AaB must now turn their attentions to and they can do so with renewed self-belief. "We played the UEFA Cup last year [going out in the group stage] and we have played in a bigger and better tournament now so will go back in there with a lot of experience and with the confidence that we can do it.
We have a break now and have something to look forward to afterwards."