Regular readers of the modest writings have been following the fortunes of English football manager Graham Potter and his Swedish “minnows” Ostersund FK in the Europa League. In a previous post this writer highlighted the work done in Sweden by arguably England’s most successful managerial export. And the story keeps on going for Graham Potter and his team. As was mentioned previously, Swedish minnows Ostersunds FK have come a long way in a short time. This writer will continue to follow the fortunes of Graham Potter and Ostersunds FK during the Europa Cup and has decided to “adopt” them until the fairytale ends.
Frequent readers will be well aware that in the second qualifying round they defeated the Turkish giants Galatasaray 3-1 on aggregate. In the third qualifying round they beat the Luxembourg team CS Fola Esch by the same aggregate score. The Potter magic just keeps rolling on.
Versatile Ostersunds FK defender Samuel Laryea Mensah says they were confident of advancing to the play-offs round of the Uefa Europa League at the expense of CS Fola Esch despite an early setback.
The Swedish team was dealt a big blow in the second leg of the Europa League third round qualifier against CS Fola Esch at the Stade Emile Mayrisch, Luxembourg, through Stefano Bensi’s 53rd minute strike. But two goals from Saman Ghoddo and Swedish under 21 international,Tom Pettersson ensured the Red and Blacks advanced to the final round of the qualifying stage with a 3-1 aggregate win following last week’s 1-0 win at the Jemkraft Arena in Sweden.
The 28-year-old said they did not shudder during the game despite going down in the early stage of the second half.
“The feeling is great and it was a fantastic win in Luxembourg, our mentality is to stay strong and help each other on the pitch no matter what happens in the game with no regrets. We had confidence that we will win because before they scored their goal, we had some few decent chances,” Mensah told footballmadeinghana.com
“We have been playing to the instructions of our coach and that has kept us going. We have been doing the right thing and we are very hopeful we will cross the last hurdle and get to the Group Stage.”
Mensah added: “Our expectations are to make history in Ostersund City and Sweden as a whole.”
Ostersunds FK now enter the first play-off round of this year’s tournament. The next obstacle for Graham Potter and his team are PAOK from Greece. Potters team travel to the Mediterranean for the first game on the 17th of August.