Dec 05, 2017
Goode Excited For Return to Champions Cup
Alex Goode says that he is excited for a return to the Champions Cup again ahead of Saracens’ game against Clermont at Allianz Park on Sunday afternoon.
The full-back explained the importance of the competition when he spoke as the squad prepares to face the French side in a repeat of the 2017 Final of the competition that took place back in May as Saracens won 28-17 to clinch their second title.
Goode starred in that match with a perfectly placed kick to set up Chris Ashton’s opener before a try with eight minutes to play put the game beyond Clermont’s reach and as a two-time winner, the 29-year-old knows the value of continental competition better than most.
He said: “We’ve had a great start to the competition with two bonus-point wins and I think we know that we weren’t at our best against the Ospreys defensively but it’s a huge challenge for the club.
“We love the Champions Cup and take a lot of pride in the fact that we’re the reigning champions”, he added, “We know we’re there to be shot at but we’re a top side.”
“I think we know that with the Champions Cup that if you’re not on your mettle and you don’t perform then you’ll lose and put yourself in a difficult position.
“You don’t become a bad side overnight after a couple of losses and it’s a great opportunity for us to go out there and put a massive performance in against a top club in Europe and show just what a good side we are.”
Goode has played a part in many Saracens vs Clermont clashes in recent years since the sides first met in 2011 and says that he and his teammates are well aware of the threat posed by the reigning French champions, saying:
“I think with Clermont they have a very physical and big pack as you’d expect for a French team but they also have some phenomenal athletes along with some other really exciting, dangerous players out wide.
“In their back row the likes of Fritz Lee and Peceli Yato are highly skilled and brilliant athletes.
“Also there they’ve also got a plethora of talent as well as guys who can strike from anywhere and make something happen as we found out in the Champions Cup final against them.
Goode added: “As a team you have to be very alert these of things, they’ve got a good balance of a pack that works extremely hard and is very strong in that aspect of the game like all French packs but they’ve got a mixture of exciting, dangerous people out wide.”