After battling it out in the FA Cup last weekend, Everton and Arsenal go into their Champions League quarter final first leg ties with the same aim - to put themselves in pole position to qualify for the semis.
By David Brenchley
Everton manager Mo Marley is looking for a response after their 2-0 loss to Arsenal on Sunday while Gunners boss Laura Harvey does not want a repeat of their last round clash against Rayo Vallecano.
Everton v FCR 2001 Duisburg, Thursday, 19.00 Halton Stadium, Widnes
The Toffees take on Germany heavyweights Duisburg, who won the tournament back in 2009, and Marley said: "I like to think the response from Sunday's performance will be a little bit more desire and a little bit more fire.
"Maybe this Champions League game was a bit more in the players' minds rather than the Arsenal game? We'll find those answers out come Thursday - how disappointed the players are, and how determined they are to make the performance right.
"By our standards our performance was not good enough. Arsenal made it difficult for us. I think we were apprehensive in the way we played - we weren't comfortable or prepared to get on the ball and play. I don't think we gave a good account of ourselves and what we can do."
Duisburg will be tough opposition if Everton are to make further inroads in the competition and coach Marco Ketelaer said: "Everton are a very good, confident and successful team."
"Maybe it will hinder them that they play their [second] competitive game after the winter break against us; on the other hand all their internationals have played several games already this year."
Arsenal v Linköpings FC, Thursday, 14.30 Meadow Park, Borehamwood
Goals from Rachel Yankey and Katie Chapman were good enough to avenge last season's FA Cup final loss at the hands of Everton and keep Arsenal's hopes of qualifying for next year's tournament alive.
The Gunners went into the second leg of the last 16 2-0 down, before dramatically grabbing a last minute winner to progress 4-3 on aggregate, and Harvey wants her side to reverse that first leg outcome against Swedish side Linkopings.
"I think the ideal would be not to concede and try and score at least two. If you do concede you've got to get a two-goal margin at least," she told Arsenal.com.
"But in the last round of the Champions League we learned a lot about ourselves and we experienced a lot during seven days between going away to Madrid and losing to coming back and turning that around in a massively dramatic style like we did.
"If you could write the script for a film you wouldn't have been able to write it better than that. It was seven days of a good learning curve for the players, to find out what characters you've got, because when the chips are down you see whether they have strength or whether they will back away.
"I can say that none of them backed away, they all stepped up to it on the day and we got the result we needed."
Other Quarter Final matches:
FCF Juvisy Essonne v 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam
Zvezda-2005 v Olympique Lyonnais
– but the sailors praise the new boats
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