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Quartet hope as qualifying concludes

Published: Wednesday 25 August 2004, 19.15CET
FK Crvena Zvezda and Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC are well placed to qualify for the group stage for the first time. features

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Published: Wednesday 25 August 2004, 19.15CET

Quartet hope as qualifying concludes

FK Crvena Zvezda and Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC are well placed to qualify for the group stage for the first time.
The UEFA Champions League third qualifying round concludes tonight, with Djurgårdens IF's home match against Juventus FC perhaps the most intriguing of the ten second-leg ties.

'Dangerous situation'
Fabio Capello's team fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at the Stadio Delle Alpi, and Lilian Thuram feels a different approach will be required in Sweden, saying: "In the first leg we pushed forward only when we realised we were in a dangerous situation. Now we have to attack from the first minute."

'Here for history'
Djurgården coach Kjell Jonevret also believes a positive mindset is essential. "We have to dare to go forward," he said. "We can't sit back. We expect Juventus to go forward, but if we dare to attack we'll be better off. We are not afraid; we are here to create history."

New coach
Like Djurgården, Trabzonspor are striving to reach the group stage for the first time in their history. The Turkish team will come up against an FC Dynamo Kyiv side with a new coach, Joszef Szabo, after Olexiy Mikhaylichenko was dismissed following the 2-1 first-leg defeat in Ukraine. "I hope the team which deserves to win qualifies - and hopefully that will be Trabzonspor," said coach Ziya Dogan.

Three-goal cushion
Another potential newcomer, Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC, are overwhelming favourites to earn a place in Thursday's group stage draw having had their 2-1 first-leg victory in Greece turned into a 3-0 success after PAOK FC fielded an ineligible player. "PAOK have nothing to lose and will play like a team possessed," said Maccabi's Brazilian midfield player Bruno Reis. "We should use our heads and play with a lot of composure."

Captain out
Ferencvárosi TC reached the Champions League for the only time in 1995 and travel to the Czech Republic to play AC Sparta Praha defending a 1-0 lead. The Czech club's coach, František Straka, said his side would play patiently: "It would be suicidal to risk everything attacking as our opponents are very strong on the break." Ferencváros captain Péter Lipcsei is out through injury.

Tactical change
PSV Eindhoven are also missing their skipper, as Phillip Cocu has pneumonia. "Although I have been given some medication I will not be playing for at least a week," said the Dutchman. FK Crvena Zvezda coach Ljupko Pterovic, whose team won the first leg 3-2, said: "We certainly need to score. PSV score easily, but they also concede very easily, and we have to dominate in midfield. I am only afraid of my players' youth, as they could feel the pressure."

Narrow leads
PFC CSKA Moskva welcome back Sergei Ignashevitch, Osmar Ferreira and Milan Krasic as they visit Rangers FC with a 2-1 first-leg advantage, while there are clear favourites in Wednesday's four other ties. Manchester United FC are 2-1 ahead as entertain FC Dinamo Bucuresti at Old Trafford, although Dinamo captain Florentin Petre said: "If I didn't believe we could qualify, I wouldn't get on the plane."

Brugge promise
Club Brugge KV coach Trond Sollied has promised an attacking approach as his side look to overturn a 4-1 deficit against FC Shakhtar Donetsk, saying: "We have to take risks because we have to score goals. Do not expect any tactical surprises - I will put together an offensive team."

Comfortable cushions
Real Madrid CF lead Wisla Kraków 2-0, while Bayer 04 Leverkusen go to FC Baník Ostrava defending a 5-0 cushion but coach Klaus Augenthaler is not overconfident, saying: "We mustn't make a mistake in the first 15 minutes."

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