At the Romanian team’s request, the game could start at 8 PM.
Helmuth Duckadam stated yesterday that Steaua has officially asked that its game against Twente Enschede, scheduled on Thursday evening and counting for the first leg of the UEFA Europa League last-32 stage fixture, should start at 8 PM, not at 10 PM as initially scheduled.
“We are powerless, only UEFA can decide. We would like the game to start at 8 PM. It would be good for the fans too because public transportation would still be operational and temperatures would be acceptable at the time the game is over,” Duckadam stated for ‘Ring’ daily. UEFA officials were expected to reply to Steaua’s request yesterday. Duckadam added that canceling the game is out of the question and added that a poor pitch would affect Steaua.
“Not playing against Twente is out of the question! The pitch is in optimal conditions so we will show up on Thursday evening. I don’t believe Steaua plays better on a frozen pitch, we have players with good passing skills so we need a good pitch,” Duckadam pointed out.
According to meteorologists, the temperature in Bucharest will stand at -8 degrees Celsius at the time of the game. UEFA has announced the team of referees for the game. Referee Mark Clattenburg (England) will be assisted by fellow nationals Darren Cann and Jake Collin, while Michael Jones and Lee Mason will be substitute referees.
Coach Ilie Stan is not looking too far ahead. “Let’s not speak about playing in the final,” he told UEFA.com. “”Who wouldn’t want to play at home in a major final? But let’s take it step by step. First we have to overcome Twente, which means two crucial matches” with a major impact on the short-term future of our team.”