RANGERS have arrived in Bern tonight, and while Steven Gerrard insists his side will do ‘everything’ to win the game with Young Boys tomorrow, he believes it to be ‘important’ they take something from the clash with the Swiss champions.
The impressive Stade de Suisse will host the Group G encounter, with Gers having picked up three points from their first game and a win over Feyenoord, while Young Boys fell to defeat away to Porto.
Speaking at tonight’s press conference, the manager said: “It is always important to try and get off to a positive start, especially if your first game is at home.
“I thought the performance was very strong against Feyenoord, especially in the first hour or so of the game. Obviously, they put us under a little pressure at the end of the game which is quite normal as they are pushing for an equaliser, but a clean sheet and a win against a good team was the perfect start for us.
“But, it is important we try to build on all that hard work. Now we are away from home, it will be a different atmosphere and environment with no fans being here on a difficult pitch.
“The challenge is different this time around, so we are coming here to try and win the game and we will do everything we can to do that.
“But, it is important we take something away from this fixture and try to build on the three points we started with.”
The Light Blues come into tomorrow’s game in sparkling form having won all five of their matches since the last international break.
Gerrard has been pleased to see that run built on strong defensive foundations, adding: “Confidence should be high and belief should be high – we are in a good place. The reaction since the Old Firm, which I touched upon a few days ago, has been really positive.
“The spirit in the group is really good and this is a game we are very much looking forward to.
“We want to try and pride ourselves on keeping clean sheets and we want to be successful in the big picture. It is important we are organised, well-drilled and we have players who are prepared to put their body on the line to keep the ball out of the net.
“We know we have a good goalkeeper and good defenders, but I think it is the responsibility of the whole team and the whole squad when they are asked to do a job and they are given that responsibility in the team, that they go out and try to keep clean sheets.
“We know we have talent, goalscorers and creative players in the squad, and we are in a better situation than we were in this time last year.
“If we can keep keeping clean-sheets, the future will be bright.”
The manager is aware Gers face a tough challenge here in the Swiss capital tomorrow, and added: “We come here with respect for this Young Boys team. I think to win this league by I think 20 points, and to get Champions League qualification, they are obviously a very good team.
“They are a direct team, though I think they play some nice football at the right times and they try to get the ball wide and cross early. They fill the box with big numbers and they are a very positive team.
“I think they try to thrive off the 30-odd thousand who are in the stadium and try to play at a good speed.
“We come here with big respect for the team we are facing. At the same time, we believe if we can play to our level, and cope with the pitch and cope with the supporters, we have enough to try and hurt Young Boys as well.
“We come here with confidence, but with big respect.”