Forward Svenja Huth felt 1. FFC Frankfurt should have "added to our tally after the break" despite a stylish 5-0 first-leg win against ASD Torres Femminile Sassari.
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1. FFC Frankfurt forward Svenja Huth felt her side should have "added to our tally after the break", despite scoring five times in the first half against ASD Torres Femminile Sassari. The 5-0 victory leaves the German club in superb shape to seal a UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-final berth on Wednesday, with Torres coach Mario Silvetti hopeful his team "learn a lot from this game".
Svenja Huth, Frankfurt forward
We had a lot of intentions for this match, saw some videos last night and knew that they are a technically strong team if allowed to get into the match. Right from the beginning, we showed who wants to go through and did what the coach asked of us. We are not through yet. In the first half, we took our chances; it was 5-0 at half-time, so it was a very decent performance in the first half. Sure, we should have continued in that vein and added to our tally after the break.
Of course, it is nice to have a final in your own country. We have experienced that before, in Munich. But no matter where the final is played, as a team and a player you simply want to be there and win it. But when it is in Germany, it is a special feeling.
Jessica Fishlock, Frankfurt midfielder
I thought it was going to be a very difficult game for us. I feel that all Champions League games now pose quite a difficulty. When we started taking control and scored the goals and went into half-time at [5-0] it was pretty much over; I expected it to be more difficult.
Playing in the league and the Champions League is a huge difference. The buzz it gives you when you hear that music when you come out is like nothing else really. You play different teams from all over the place; they all have their threat and all are good teams in their own right and will give you problems.
There is a huge support and following for women's football in Germany. The Champions League final being held here will be a great event and I hope that ourselves especially will be in it. But I definitely hope a German team will be in that final because I think the atmosphere it will bring will be spectacular. I hope that it's us.
Colin Bell, Frankfurt coach
We put in a very good performance in the first half, where we impressed our opponents with quick combinations and scored five goals. Nothing has been won yet. It's only half-time in this tie and we will prepare well for the return leg by analysing the game and getting some information from it.
I am not one to say the return leg will definitely be won. I accept congratulations for today's match, but not for going through. The team has to show a certain seriousness. I am not pleased if we win 5-0 and should have won 6-0. I will try to field the best possible team in the return leg. We don't have that many options in our squad. It is important that our movements work on the pitch and we play a good game in the return leg.
Célia Šašić, Frankfurt forward
It wasn't easy. We played well, especially in the first half, got a quick opener and then added to that. Once we start rolling, it is difficult for any opponent. Reaching a Champions League final is enough motivation in itself, but as it would be sort of a home game, it is something of an extra boost, but we still have a long road ahead of us and have to take it from game to game. First, there is the return leg, then we can look forward. In past seasons, we have worked on general things and I think already last season you could see that we laid down some nice foundations and we want to build on that.
Mafalda, Torres striker
It was a difficult match. We did not want to lose 5-0. Our objective was to try and defend well. Frankfurt are a strong team and made life difficult for us. Frankfurt were quicker, stronger and technically better than the team we played in the last round.
Mario Silvetti, Torres coach
One simply has to recognise Frankfurt's superiority. They dominated us and were a lot better than we were. We tried to fight them with our ways of doing so. It is unfortunate that we gave away goals so easily in the first half. We made easy mistakes in defence. It was highly deserved that we were down by five at half-time.
Nevertheless, it was a great experience. We will take and learn a lot from this game. I wish FFC all the best in this competition and for them to make the final in Berlin. I would not begrudge them being there. In the second half, we had some good luck, presented ourselves well and fought them well.