Braga boss Carlos Carvalhal insists that his team won’t be fazed by the Ibrox atmosphere in their hunt for Europa League victory – and it’s up to the Rangers support to prove him wrong.
The Portuguese coach was previewing the Primeira Liga side’s second leg quarter final trip to Ibrox with Braga holding a 1-0 advantage from the first match.
That means Rangers must go for jugular in this game and win it by at least one clear goal to force extra time and the support will have a huge role to play in what promises to be an enthralling 90 minutes.
The Rangers fans have had a huge hand in getting the club to this stage of the competition and if the Gers are to go one further, then we’re sure the fans will be a big part of it.
Carlos Carvalhal backing Braga to cope with Rangers atmosphere
For Carlos Carvalhal, far from be overawed by what promises to be a special occasion at Ibrox, he’s backing his young charges to fully embrace the atmosphere and come out on top against Rangers.
“It is a positive. It is something that gives us a big motivation. We like the fantastic environment,” said Carlos Carvalhal ahead of the Rangers clash [Herald].
“Since we arrived in Braga, we have won in Benfica’s stadium, Sporting’s stadium, Porto’s stadium – we are talking about 50,000 or 60,000 fans in each and we won there. So it is something that we like.
“Congratulations to the Braga fans and Glasgow Rangers fans last week, it was an amazing atmosphere in the stadium and it was something that we like, we enjoy and we are looking forward to the game on Thursday.
“We will not only defend when we go to Glasgow. We’re a team that plays all the time to try to win.
“We’ll show a big respect to Glasgow Rangers because they really are a very good team, a strong team – but we will try to win because we try to win all the games.”
The Rangers support are now tasked with proving Carlos Carvalhal wrong and showing just how much of an impact they can have on both their own side and the opposition at Ibrox.
Bigger and better sides than Braga have crumbled in the stadium – even this season – and Rangers fans must once again rise to the occasion here.
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