Montemurro reacts to Champions League last-32 draw


Joe Montemurro is looking forward to our UEFA Women’s Champions League round of 32 tie with Fiorentina.

Not only will it be our head coach’s first European fixture in charge of the club, but it will also be a return to Florence, the place where he first completed his UEFA Pro-license.

Here’s what Montemurro had to say:

on playing Fiorentina in the Champions League...

They’re the favourites, they’ve been in the competition recently and we haven’t for five or six years now, they know what it’s all about and we don’t yet. But we’ll be prepared, part of playing Wolfsburg [in Austria] was just to travel with the group and get an idea of what is involved, that was all part of the planning. The plan is not to contain in Florence and try to win here, the plan is to try and win in Florence and come back here and try to win again.

on studying for his coaching badges in Florence…

It was a great honour to study there and be invited, it was a very exclusive course the pro-license in Italy and probably in the top three or four places to study in Europe. Their coaching methodology and their vision of football is unbelievable and it taught me a lot. The Italians are clued up and they know it’s about 95 or 96 minutes and not just playing well for small spells.

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