Stephen Odey has reflected on the goal for his Swiss side FC Zurich in their final Europa League group game 1-1 away draw at Bulgarian side PFC Ludogorets on Thursday as well as his team’s chances against heavyweights Chelsea and Arsenal as the competition enters the knockout phase, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The Nigerian striker took just 21 minutes to open scoring in the FC Zurich’s match against Ludogorets.
Odey affirms that his team will be unfazed by the Premier League giants’ pedigrees should they are pitted against any of them.
In an exclusive chat with Completesportsnigeria.com from his Zurich base, the former MFM FC of Lagos forward said: “We had already qualified before the last game but as a player you always want to give your best whenever you’re called upon.”
Odey added: “It was good for our confidence not to lose at Ludogorets, and we got the point.
“Now to the business end of the competition where we may face the big teams. We won’t be scared to take our chances against Chelsea, Arsenal and the other big teams.
“Games like these are why you want to be a footballer. To play in the largest stadiums against the biggest teams is the dream of everyone.”
On the goal – his second of the Europa League and 11th for the season, Odey reckons it’s always a good feeling to score as a striker and that he’s on course to hit the 20-goal target he set for himself this season.
“You always want to score once you’re on the pitch because that’s what you’re paid to do. So when the opportunity came, I was glad to take it and put my team ahead. I scored but the glory is for all the players and officials. It’s a collective effort,” Odey said.
The 20-year old is still optimistic of getting a look-in from the Super Eagles coach but would want to allow his goals do the talking for him.
He said: “I know that everyday I have to do better than I did in the last game and play twice as hard if I’m to get an invitation because the guys in the team are already doing a fantastic job.
“They’ve qualified us for the next AFCON. I will continue to work hard and when I get my chance, I will take it with both hands.”
Odey will next be in action for FC Zurich on Sunday when they play Lugano that parades Stanley Amuzie in a Swiss Super League game at the Stadion Letzigrund in Zurich.
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