Orlund warning for Aris

The Norwegian champions have picked up only three points from their

first five Group B games and know they will finish bottom of the

standings whatever the result in Salonika on Thursday. In contrast

Aris have it all to play for and will advance to the knockout phase

by beating Rosenborg or at least equalling the result achieved by

holders Atletico Madrid at group winners Bayer Leverkusen. But the

visitors, whose domestic season finished last month, have no plans

to take it easy as they look to finish their disappointing European

campaign on a high. “The match in itself is enough motivation,”

Orlund, 30, told www.rbk.no. “They have great fans down there and

the ability to go forward. “They have everything to lose, in other

words, while we can play without pressure. “For us it is about

ending the season with dignity, with the victory over Hajduk Split

[2-1 friendly win on Saturday] and hopefully with a win in Greece.

“It would be nice to take that into January and the new season.”

Striker Steffen Iversen is back in contention for Rosenborg after a

throat infection. The 34-year-old missed Saturday’s friendly but

has now been given the all-clear to link up with his team-mates in

Greece. “Steffen is healthy again and, from the medical point of

view, is ready to play,” club doctor Ketil Holen said. Rosenborg

have been under the caretaker guidance of club legend Nils Arne

Eggen since Erik Hamren took up the job of Sweden coach in

September. Tomorrow night’s clash will be Eggen’s final competitive

match at the helm, with Stabaek coach Jan Jonsson set to take over

on January 1. Aris moved to the brink of the next round with a

stunning 3-2 win over Atletico at the Vicente Calderon two weeks

ago. And Hector Cuper’s side head into tomorrow’s game on the back

of Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Olympiakos Volos in the Greek Super

League. “We must adopt a special attitude, because we are at our

limits in terms of players,” Cuper said after the weekend game.

“Injuries have affected several of our players. We are nevertheless

optimistic. “The team should have a winning attitude despite the

difficulties. We are not in our best condition but the team needs

to be positive.”