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A feast in the east

Published: Friday 30 July 2004, 16.03CET
uefa.com rounds up the reaction to the UEFA Cup draw from the nations in the Central-East group.
 
 
Published: Friday 30 July 2004, 16.03CET

A feast in the east

uefa.com rounds up the reaction to the UEFA Cup draw from the nations in the Central-East group.

uefa.com rounds up the reaction to the UEFA Cup second qualifying round draw from the nations in the Central-East group of nations. This story will be updated as more reaction comes in.

FC Terek Grozny v Lech Poznan

Terek striker Oleg Terekhin: "There are many equal contenders at this stage and no one has much of an advantage. It seems to me that both teams have an equal chance of progress, but I do not know much about Lech. It could be a question of motivation. We have some kind of advantage considering that we are in the middle of the Russian season, while the Poles are just starting their campaign."

SK Slavia Praha v FC Dinamo Tbilisi

Dinamo head coach Georgi Geguchadze: "We got the strongest opponent among the seeded teams. We will still be preparing very seriously to fight for a right to progress, although Slavia has many celebrated players at their disposal."

SK Rapid Wien v  FC Rubin Kazan

Rapid coach Josef Hickersberger: "I have to say that they are completely unknown to me. According to what we know they do not play a domestic league match before 18 August and therefore we will not be able to take a look at them. It will not be easy for us."

Rubin midfield player Denis Boyarintsev: "We were unlucky to get the toughest opponents from the hat. At the same time it will be interesting to test our strength. It is good that the second leg will be in Kazan. If we can hold out in the first match we will have an opportunity to decide our destiny in front of our own supporters. Rapid's visit will be a kind of holiday for our city, but we hope to bring even more illustrious opponents to Kazan."

FC Illychivets Mariupil v FK Austria Wien

Illychivets head coach Mykola Pavlov: "We expect a tough test ahead. Austria Wien have a rich history and an illustrious name. Nevertheless we are not going to give up in advance. We will play and try to cope with our opponents' weak and strong points. However we will remember that we are still not favourites in these matches."

Austria director of sport Günter Kronsteiner: "It is not a good draw for us as we have everything to looe against such opponents. Ukrainian football at the same level as in Russia and certainly better than Austrian football. We do not know much about our opponents, but we will sent out our scouts soon."

FC Dukla Banská Bystrica v FC Wil 1900

Wil president Roger Bigger: "Our opponents are not invincible and we hope to progress. It was a difficult decision to take to play in European competition after being relegated to the Swiss second division, but we have decided that we have the strength to do it. We have an excellent coach and a good team."

FC Nistru Otaci v SK Sigma Olomouc

FC Artmedia Bratislava v FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

Dnipro head coach Evgeniy Kucherevskiy: "I think at this stage of UEFA Cup we feel we can beat any team. Last year we played pretty well and made it through to the third round so our opponents should be afraid of us and not otherwise. We have to be cautious because we can't lose concentration. We'll work on this."

SV Pasching v FC Zenit St. Peterburg

Pasching coach Georg Zellhofer: "You cannot choose your opponents and now I want to see them in action as quickly as possible. They will be tough opposition, but we have proved in the past years that we can compete against good teams."

Újpesti TE v Servette FC 

Servette president Marc Roger: "We have had a difficult draw, but then all draws are tough at this level of football. We have two matches to play and I don't think that playing the first at home is necessarily a disadvantage. Many clubs have qualified before in such circumstances."

FC Metalurh Donetsk v FC Tiraspol

Metalurh head coach Slavoljub Muslin: "We do not know much about the Tiraspol side, but we surely must progress to the next stage. I know they finished fourth in the Moldovan league and beat Armenian side [FC] Shirak twice in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Cup but I still consider our side to be favourites."

FC Tbilisi v Legia Warszawa

Tbilisi head coach Georgi Devdariani: "It is not surprising to get a very difficult opponent at this stage. We will do our best to improve the image of Georgian clubs in Poland, which was spoiled by [FC] WIT-Georgia's 8-2 defeat against Wisla [Kraków in the Champions League last week]."

KS Amica Wronki v Budapest Honvéd FC

 
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