There are no new COVID-19 cases in Ludogorets. Everyone underwent the obligatory PCR tests and the results are negative. The players will continue their training as scheduled. Everyone except Tchibota is available.
The head coach of Ludogorets Pavel Vrba is certain that his team will perform better in tomorrow’s match compared to the previous one (the Ludogorets – Tsarsko Selo match ended with a 1:1 score).
Ludogorets will begin their series of Europa League matches with the match against Royal Antwerp at Huvepharma Arena stadium.
“The last match was not a great one. The team composition will be different now. We had players who needed to join their national football teams and others who were injured. Some had a rough schedule and they had to take a break. I expect us to be the better team tomorrow”, said Vrba.
“I think that no team can be comfortable while competing in the European tournaments’ group phases. There is always tension and the first match is crucial. The first result is important and this is why it is important that our first match is a home one. We have a couple of players for each position on the pitch. We can also replace Nedyalkov if he will not be available. He feels good and will probably join the team tomorrow”, the coach added.
The captain of Ludogorets Cosmin Moti took part in today’s press conference regarding the upcoming Ludogorets vs Royal Antwerp match.
“The players are fine despite it was rough after the last match, as the mood was low. We must forget that because we need to win the first group phase match. We feel tension because the match will be tough. We need to kick it off on the right foot and win”, Moti said.
“We studied our competitors’ style. We know their main scorer will not play tomorrow. Still, they have other good players and we need to accept them as a whole and be focused on winning”, he added.
“I do not know if the group is tougher than last year. All teams are good. Everyone knows how Tottenham plays. Royal Antwerp and LASK are also great teams. I hope we play better than last year”, the Romanian concluded.
Dear Ludogorets fans,
The club management would like to ask everyone who will attend the Ludogorets vs Royal Antwerp match to strictly follow the safety regulations issued by UEFA and the Ministries of Health and Sports.
PFC Ludogorets would also like to ask everyone to come to the stadium as early as possible. This will make it easier for everyone to enter. Stewards will check everyone’s body temperature before they pass through the turnstiles. The police will check the compatibility of the tickets and the ID cards.
Important note! Bring IDs and passports!
Every fan must carry a signed COVID-19 declaration of awareness. Declarations were provided with every ticket. You can download the declaration via the ticket purchase website https://tickets.ludogorets.com or the official website www.ludogorets.com. The documents need to be carefully filled in and presented with the tickets upon entry. All fans must be aware of the safety measures and to follow the instructions on the signs within the stadium’s premises.
The management would also like to ask fans to sit on the designated seats and to keep their distance upon entry and during the match. Wearing a mask over the nose and mouth is obligatory.
Please comply with the stewards’ instructions!
The club would also like to remind everyone that fans in a drunk state and those carrying weapons, pyrotechnics, dangerous items, deodorants and perfumes, lighters, and bats will not be allowed to enter. Racist chants and lasers are strictly prohibited. Everyone will be thoroughly searched upon entry.
The stadium will be opened at 8:00 PM on the match day. In case there are tickets available for purchase, the cash desk on Vassil Levski Str. will be open until 9:00 PM.
The coach Vrba and Moti will speak at the official press conference prior to the Ludogorets – Royal Antwerp match - the first Europa League J group home game. The press conference is scheduled for October 21st (Wednesday) at 2:00 PM.
The event is accessible through the Google Meet platform. You can join it via this link: https://meet.google.com/ewa-cwfw-tay 15 minutes prior to its start. The official practice session starts at 8:00 PM and the media will be allowed to see the first 15 minutes of it.
Royal Antwerp’s manager Ivan Leko will also speak at a press conference on October 21st (Wednesday) at 8:00 PM. The guest team will train at 7:30 PM.