Sunday 18 March 2018

Copenhagen boss Solbakken not motivated by revenge, despite Wolves flop

FC Copenhagen boss Stale Solbakken endured a difficult six-month spell in charge of Wolves during 2012-13.
FC Copenhagen boss Stale Solbakken endured a difficult six-month spell in charge of Wolves during 2012-13.

FC Copenhagen boss Stale Solbakken insists he has nothing prove in England after his Wolves flop.

The 48-year-old suffered a miserable six-month spell at Molineux and was sacked in January 2013 before Wolves were relegated to Sky Bet League One.

Wolves sold Steven Fletcher, Matt Jarvis and Michael Kightly in August 2012 against Solbakken's wishes, leaving him just days to replace them.

He returned to Copenhagen eight months after leaving the Midlands, winning their 11th title last season, and ahead of the Champions League trip at Leicester on Tuesday is untroubled about his record in England.

"It's not about me getting revenge, it's about FC Copenhagen getting a good game," said Solbakken. "We (Wolves) beat Leicester 2-1 back then so they are the ones who get revenge in this case.

"We started brightly and were top three in the first 10 games and then we hit a Championship dry spell due to different reasons. Before I got the chance to turn it around I was sacked. You get sacked after six or seven months in the Championship, managers do in the Championship, I don't think I'm the first one.

"I don't really care about that, we are playing Leicester in two games and we have a bigger chance of winning at Parken (Stadium) than we do here, but if we play to our best and maybe we are effective then we have a chance."

Leicester midfielder Daniel Amartey left Copenhagen for the Foxes in January and has missed just one league game this season. Solbakken believes Leicester will be begging him to sign a new deal before long.

He said: "He had developed into a Premier League player. He came here and (N'Golo) Kante was playing in his best position, but in two years Leicester will pray on their knees he will sign another contract, he will go in that direction."

Solbakken is in his second spell as manager at the Parken Stadium, having won the league five times between 2006 and 2011 during his first stay, and has them on a 23 match unbeaten run.

They have also kept four consecutive clean sheets and lead the Danish Superliga by six points.

Copenhagen are two points behind Leicester in Group G but, despite the hosts' struggles in the Premier League, Solbakken expects the Foxes to fight.

He added: "I have seen all the Leicester games this season and their home performances have been quiet stable. Leicester had two good games in the Champions League so their confidence is OK ."

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