THESSALONIKI (Greece), 22 Jan - R-Sport Ildar Satdanov. Footballers "Krasnodar" will meet With the Greek PAOK in the away match of the 3rd round of the group stage of the Europa League.
The match will take place on Thursday in Thessaloniki at the stadium " Tumba ", the game will start at 22: 05 Moscow time." The bulls " after 2 rounds of the group stage scored 3 points and take second Place After Borussia Dortmund (4 points). PAOK (2) is in third place, Azerbaijani "Gabala" (1) closes the Quartet.
in their first group game With "Krasnodar" it was necessary to pass the test Borussia filled the arena on " Signal Iduna Park ". The team of Oleg Kononov With a vengeance coped With this task and almost took points from famous enemy." The bulls " first opened the account, But at the end of the first half, Borussia had equalized, and in stoppage time of the second half pulled out a victory. In the upcoming tour, the residents didn't miss the victory in native walls beat "Gabala" (2: 1).
The goalkeeper "Krasnodar" in the next match against PAOK is Andriy Dykan, who lived most of the bulls Since September 21. Following on from the game in Thessaloniki rivals in the fourth round, will meet November 5 in the capital of Kuban. According to head coach krasnodartsev Kononova, his Team will try to win at least four points in 2 meetings With the Greeks.
"Not wish to talk about the strengths nor weaknesses of the enemy, - said Kononov.- PAOK as a club is very serious, serious as performances in the Greek League, trophies, and because It is a permanent participant of the Europa League and the Champions League. The team is very experienced, With a large army of fans. I agree that we should score points in 2 games against PAOK. We are at least four points in these 2 matches. We realize that two games against PAOK is very important For us (in terms of the tournament) ".
first of Kononov headed the Ukrainian " Karpaty ", which stood against PAOK in the Europa League.
"Remember, of course, the confrontation (season-2011/12, play-off round) - said the coach of the bulls.- we had a very intense game, "Carpathians" then lost to PAOK 0: 2. Home played 1: 1. PAOK was quite a powerful team, With experienced legionaries. Currently, the Team is also attracting to its ranks of experienced foreign players, like Dimitar Berbatov. They have their own style in the transfer policy. This Team is always reliable in defence, aggressive in attack. For four years, the style of play has changed a bit ".
The head coach of PAOK Igor Tudor in the beginning of the meeting With "Krasnodar" made it clear that his Team makes a bet on the Greek League, Not the Europa League, for this reason Wednesday will come in the starting lineup are some of the team leaders, for example, striker Berbatov.
"most likely, few of our leaders will Not play in the game With the "Krasnodar" in order to keep them For the next tournament With Panathinaikos. For example, Dimitar Berbatov will start the Match on the bench. The rotation will be unique. More important for us than the Greek championship. But what We prefer domestic League, This means that We won't play to win With the " Krasnodar ". This Match will be against an opponent who is stronger than us, " said Tudor of the tournament yesterday.
Tie the Greek team said in the form of strengths, "Krasnodar" active command pressure and an overall high class players.
Krasnodar, of course, Not Borussia, But This is a very strong Team. The "Krasnodar" were equal chances to the victory in the away match With Borussia. If you compare the price of transfer players "Krasnodar" and ours, they have better players, of course. The enemy has very good players in all lines. The "Krasnodar" aggressive play in attack, constant pressure, continuous movement across the field. This is a strong quality Team at all positions, " said Tudor.