Jonas Eidevall wants a “really solid” performance when Arsenal host Hoffenheim in the Champions League on Thursday as they look to bounce back from their heavy defeat at Barcelona.
Eidevall’s side were beaten 4-1 by Barca in their Group C opener last week, with the reigning champions denied a fifth by Manuela Zinsberger saving Alexa’s stoppage penalty Putellas.
Meanwhile, Hoffenheim – who are making their debut in the competition this season – beat Danish team Koge 5-0 in Germany.
The Gunners boss said at a press conference: “We want to win every game we play, we want to do our best, so nothing changes.
“We have played one game, we have five games left in the group stage. We have to have five really strong performances and it has to start with one tomorrow.
“They’re definitely going to try to win over us. It’s going to be high intensity, a lot of sprints, a lot of duels, they’re going to be really aggressive, which leaves us very little time with the ball, and trying to get it right. as uncomfortable as possible for us. “
Last week Eidevall said he and his players “went into shock” during the game against Barcelona, and described the Catalan team as “the best team I have ever played against in men’s football. or offensively female “.
He added on Wednesday: “I think Barcelona played exceptionally well against us.
“He’s an opponent. Now we’re playing at Hoffenheim – they’re also a very good team, but you can’t take anything away from Hoffenheim, but Barcelona are on another level, so it will be a different game.”
Following the loss to Barcelona, Arsenal continued their superb start to the Women’s Super League season on Sunday with a 3-0 win over Everton at Meadow Park.
They lead the standings by three points after five wins in five games, in which they have scored 19 times and only conceded twice.
When asked if there was a lot of talk about Arsenal due to their debut that brought extra pressure, and this was something he had noticed, Eidevall, who took over from Joe Montemurro in June, replied, “No, not much.
“I don’t have a TV, I barely have WiFi in my house in the UK. So for me no – for others I don’t know because I don’t know what is written or spoken . “
After coming off the bench in Barcelona and Everton as she returned to action after an ankle injury, Arsenal midfielder Jordan Nobbs was later left out of the squad. England’s Sarina Wiegman for the World Cup qualifiers this month against Northern Ireland and Latvia.
Wiegman said Tuesday that Nobbs was “close enough, she just needs more minutes.”
Asked about the 28-year-old, Eidevall said: “I think Jordan has had a really good comeback from her injury, and that she would have been ready if Sarina had wanted to pick her for camp.
“I haven’t told her (Nobbs) about it personally, (but) of course I guess she would be disappointed if she wasn’t selected.
“Jordan is a great quality player, I am really happy to have her at Arsenal and I hope that in the minutes that she plays there are a lot of them and she can show that she has enough quality to become an English player again. “