Wolfsburg boss Dieter Hecking said his side can shock Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie next Wednesday, as long as they do not show their opponents too much respect. Wolfsburg are playing in the competition for only the second time in their history and the Bundesliga outfit booked their last-eight place by beating Gent over two legs. Hecking revealed he would have preferred to have drawn Benfica in the quarter-finals of the showpiece competition but said he is looking forward to seeing his side take on “the ‘creme de la creme’ of Europe”.
“From a sporting point of view, I would have preferred Benfica, because that would be a 50-50 tie. But then there is the glamour of Real Madrid,” he said.
“I think we can succeed if we don’t show too much respect for Real Madrid, the club and their individual players. They are a team just as we are, and we have to try to make it as difficult for them as possible with what we have.
“You have a chance in any match. We are big underdogs in this tie, but outsiders are there to be cheeky, and I would like to see my team doing that in both matches.
“Anyone who knows Real Madrid knows their strengths. They have great quality in attack and have shown that in the Champions League. They’ve won seven of their eight matches this season, so we’re facing great quality, but we shouldn’t underestimate ourselves as we also have something to offer. I hope we can show that.”
Hecking added that it has been a “special experience” for Wolfsburg – who are eighth in the Bundesliga – to reach this stage of the Champions League.
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