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FC BATE Borisov captain Dmitri Likhtarovich's biggest hope ahead of their first-ever UEFA Champions League home game against Juventus is "not to disappoint the supporters" in a 40,000 sell-out crowd at the Dinamo Stadium in Minsk.
BATE usually play at their Gradski Stadium in Borisov but, having come through three qualifying rounds, they will bring UEFA Champions League football to Belarus for the first time at the capital's main venue – while much of the country's population watch at home. Likhtarovich may be playing in his 42nd UEFA competition match, following his group-stage debut in the 2-0 defeat at Real Madrid CF a fortnight ago, yet he is realistic about BATE's chances against the two-time European champions. "Whatever happens, we hope not to disappoint our supporters," Likhtarovich told uefa.com. "Every team plans to get points, but some gain them while others do not."
Juventus are missing David Trezeguet and Gianluigi Buffon, and have Nicola Legrottaglie doubtful with a thigh problem, but they beat FC Zenit St. Petersburg 1-0 in their Group H opener and Likhtarovich recognises their strength in depth. "Juve are a club with no irreplaceable players," the 30-year-old midfielder said. "So our task will not be any easier. Juventus still have [Alessandro] Del Piero, the true leader of the team. He may not be the same Del Piero we knew seven or eight years ago, but he still scores regularly and makes assists. Then they have [Mauro] Camoranesi, [Pavel] Nedvěd, and their attack is strong enough even without Trezeguet."
Mixing it with the likes of Juventus, Madrid and Zenit is a major step up for BATE, who in their modern incarnation since 1996 have collected four Belarussian league titles. Likhtarovich is not feeling superstar status quite yet, however. "I don't notice any special attention," he said. "I can feel the interest, but we are not really recognised in the streets much – certainly not the way it is at leading European clubs."
Del Piero, who should be partnered up front by Amauri on Tuesday, is another for whom this BATE side remain an unknown quantity. "Sorry, but I don't know the BATE players by name," admitted the 33-year-old Bianconeri captain. "However, we have watched videos of them and we know something about them. They are a very young team who have achieved a lot, so I respect them very much. I think it will be a good game."
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