sv werder bremen may only have pride to play for when they tackle fc internazionale milano, but not so rafael benítez's holders as they look to leapfrog tottenham hotspur fc in group a.
thomas schaaf is resigned to watching the knockout phase on tv but he is at least determined to bow out on a high when his eliminated sv werder bremen team take on fc internazionale milano in their final group a match. in contrast, the holders still have top spot to play for – tottenham hotspur fc travel to fc twente leading the way thanks to a superior head-to-head record – and rafael benítez was keen not to underestimate the importance of a win in germany.
thomas schaaf, bremen coach
the match tomorrow is very important for us even though we're out of the competition. it's a big game and we're very happy to take on the titleholders. it's a big challenge for us and we want to not only compete with inter, but to win. we have to give up making plans for this season and only look ahead to our next match – this is tomorrow and we want to win. i'm angry about the fact that we are already eliminated from this competition, and i know i'm going to be even angrier when i'm sat at home next year watching the big matches on tv.
rafael benítez, inter coach
we could finish first in the group and this would be better than being in second place, so we want to win tomorrow and that's why we're here. it's good and important for the whole of italian football that we stay as long as possible in the champions league. i think we've done well so far. we cannot influence the match in enschede but we can play for a victory here. i don't know which players will start yet but those who play will want to win. how important is this game for us? i would say ten out of ten and that's the same for every player who will enter the pitch.