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Self-confessed Italian football fan Franciszek Smuda leads his KKS Lech Poznań side against Udinese Calcio on Thursday hoping it will be third time lucky as he looks to break his duck versus Serie A opposition.
"I have already played against Udinese as Legia Warszawa and Widzew Łódź coach, but in both cases lost," the 60-year-old told uefa.com. In fact, Smuda aided Widzew to a 1-0 home win against Udinese on the Italian club's European debut in 1997/98, only to lose the UEFA Cup first-round tie 3-1 on aggregate. Indeed, all his four previous two-legged encounters with Serie A sides have ended in overall defeats.
For Thursday's encounter he has midfielder Sławomir Peszko suspended, and a stadium with capacity reduced to 17,000 due to reconstruction, but Smuda is relishing the encounter. "I love Italy," he said. "I have always watched Italian teams playing and even try to imitate the style of AC Milan. I also like Italian food very much. I spent a marvellous holiday in Sicily once but on Thursday that won't matter at all. I want to beat an Italian side for the first time in my career."
Meanwhile, Lech's leading scorer Hernán Rengifo has his own motivation. "I want to score again as I would like to celebrate it in a special way," he said. "I would dedicate the goal to my newborn son, Matias Daniel who was born on 2 January. He is still in Peru with his mother. I miss them a lot and would like to make a special gift for them. Udinese are favourites but we like that.
We like to play as underdogs because sometimes it is much easier. "
Polish league leaders Lech have been out of competitive action since the December win at Feyenoord that took them through while Udinese have been gradually easing their relegation worries, drawing 1-1 at AC Siena this weekend but most notably defeating Juventus 2-1 late last month. "The win against Juventus gave us more confidence," defender Cristián Zapata said. "Even though we will play the return leg at home we won't hold back and will try to get a good result in Poland, because our objective is to move forward in the competition." Udinese are without defender Damiano Ferronetti due to a knee injury but Aleksandar Luković has recovered from bronchitis and midfielder Gaetano D'Agostino returns following a domestic suspension.
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