PFC Ludogorets informs all fans who will be watching the second leg of the first preliminary round of the Champions League against Kosovo champions FC Ballkani live on Wednesday (July 19th) at 21:00 that on the same day the Huvepharma Arena stadium opens doors in 7:00 pm. The club reminds that tickets are currently being sold at the club base in Razgrad, as well as at the ticket office on "Vasil Levski" street. Today the counter will be open until 6:00 pm, and tomorrow (July 19) from 10:00 am until the start of the match. Tickets are also sold online at https://tickets.ludogorets.com .
The club urges fans to come to the stadium early to ease the admission regime.
Ludogorets reports that intoxicated fans, with weapons, dangerous objects, pyrotechnics, lighters, bottles, as well as bottles of perfume and deodorant, will not be allowed at Huvepharma Arena. Racist chants, as well as the use of lasers from the stands during the match, are absolutely prohibited. PFC Ludogorets reminds that all supporters are subject to a thorough check at the entrances, and prohibited items will be confiscated.
Those attending with persons under the age of 18 must submit a completed guardian declaration. These are handed out in person when buying a ticket. If necessary, a link can be used, which is located in the online ticket purchase portal https://tickets.ludogorets.com , as well as on the main page of the club's official website www.ludogorets.com
Ludogorets coach Ivaylo Petev is optimistic about the rematch with Ballkani, despite the 0:2 loss in the first game.
"Of course we believe in us. We must try hard to remove the Ballkani. Yes, we played a mediocre game, conceded basic goals. We didn't manage to score. From the beginning we must seek win. We have two passive goals to delete. We must be smart, not act chaotically. I believe in all the players and I believe that we will continue," Petev began.
He added that the experience of Ludogorets will be important in the match. "The most important thing is the self-giving of each one and the desire to succeed. In view of the result, it is logical that the opponent is more collected. We have and must erase a 2-goal lead. I expect a reaction. We have to fight the pressure that is upon us. This will not be an excuse," Petev added.
He also commented on his words after the match against Krumovgrad, when he said that apparently the loss to Ballkani was not accidental.
"Now I'm of a slightly different opinion. I watched the match with Krumovgrad twice. We were lethargic in defense, we conceded 3 goals but conceded over 10. Running and functionally we were on a different level from what we showed against Balkani. The players ran more than the previous game. We easily conceded 3 goals, which is a lot for us," said Petev.
"Against Ballkani we have to play as a team. In this way, we got out of the crisis in March. That's why every player is on this team. Each to fight for the other. The stakes are high. We must do everything to overcome this opponent. It depends on us. Everything is included in our plans for the match", concluded Ivaylo Petev regarding possible extra time and penalties.
Ludogorets captain Kiril Despodov also expressed optimism before the rematch with the Ballkani.
"We only think about winning and eliminating the opponent. There was a drop in mood after the bad match in Europe, but we have to think about the rematch, because we have a very tough game ahead of us," began Kiril Despodov.
"The boys are motivated to do everything possible and eliminate Ballkani. The most important thing is to play as a team and believe. We have the qualities to score more than two goals. We know it and we have to show it in tomorrow's game. The Ballkani team was certainly more aggressive than us. There is nothing different waiting for us, we have to respond to it. I don't know what tactics they will use, but we shouldn't care," Despodov concluded.
The official press conference of Ludogorets before the rematch with Ballkani from the first preliminary round of the Champions League will be held on Tuesday (July 18) at 1:30 pm in the hall of the "Moti" tribune at the Huvepharma Arena stadium. The team's senior coach Ivaylo Petev and Kiril Despodov will take part in the briefing.
The official Ludogorets training starts tomorrow at 20:00 at the club base.
Ballkani will give an official press conference at the Huevepharma Arena stadium tomorrow at 7:30 pm and the official training session of the Kosovo champions starts half an hour later at the stadium.