Orlund warning for Aris

BY foxsports • December 15, 2010

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."

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