Friday, 17 December 2010

Easy then hard

It certainly could have been worse. We've drawn Aris Thessaloniki in the last 32 of the Europa League. They finished fourth in Superleague Greece last year, play in black and yellow, and feature Mehdi Nafti, formerly of Birmingham City.

We play them in Greece on 17 February, then at CoMS on 24 February.

From then on it's harder. If we beat Aris (which we should) then it's the winner of the tie between Beşiktaş and Dynamo Kyiv in the last 16. Not to easy.

Beşiktaş have some wonderful attacking players, including Quaresma, Guti and Simao, and one of the best atmospheres in Europe. Going there will not be easy.

Dynamo Kyiv is not only really very far away, but also, by all accounts 'a difficult place to go'. They have a certain Andriy Shevchenko playing for them again now. I'd probably rather draw them than the Turkish side but neither would be easy.

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