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Blokhin sounds positive note ahead of Thun test

Published: Wednesday 23 October 2013, 19.52CET
Coach Oleh Blokhin backs FC Dynamo Kyiv to improve on their slow start in Group F as FC Thun arrive on Thursday, but Dennis Hediger says the visitors will not make things easy.
by Bogdan Buga
from Kyiv
Blokhin sounds positive note ahead of Thun test
Oleh Blokhin remains positive his Dynamo Kyiv side will still make it out of Group G ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

Dynamo KyivThun

Goals scored11
 
3
Possession (%)50
 
50
Total attempts115
 
82
on target38
 
21
off target51
 
46
blocked26
 
15
against woodwork3
 
1
Corners42
 
29
Offsides19
 
14
Yellow cards20
 
13
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed111
 
94
Fouls suffered108
 
63
Passes3352
 
2575
completed2682
 
2000

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Standings

Last updated: 20/06/2014 00:27 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 23 October 2013, 19.52CET

Blokhin sounds positive note ahead of Thun test

Coach Oleh Blokhin backs FC Dynamo Kyiv to improve on their slow start in Group F as FC Thun arrive on Thursday, but Dennis Hediger says the visitors will not make things easy.

It has not been a happy start to life in UEFA Europa League Group G for FC Dynamo Kyiv, with one point from two matchdays, but an upturn in domestic form raises hopes ahead of Thursday's potentially crucial visit of FC Thun.

While a win for the Swiss challengers would leave Dynamo five points off second place at least at the group's halfway stage, the club's four-game unbeaten run in the Ukrainian Premier League – including a massive 9-1 success over FC Metalurh Donetsk – has boosted morale for the double-header with Urs Fischer's team. Bilo-Syni coach Oleh Blokhin reckons his side are more than capable if they perform to their potential.

"We are aware of the importance of this game," said the ex-Ukraine boss, whose charges are already five points adrift of pacesetters KRC Genk. "I think Thun are on the same level as Genk and Rapid Wien. They are a good team with some quality players in midfield and attack, but nevertheless the result will depend firstly on how we play, not them." Indeed, despite Dynamo's sluggish start, the 60-year-old remains positive about Dynamo's chances of progress. "Yes, we didn't win our two games but we are still optimistic. We have very good players although they need time to become a team – our five new players still have to adapt."

Midfielder Andriy Yarmolenko accepts there is pressure but has faith that his side will advance to the knockout phase. "We understand that we have to change the situation," he said. "We are under big pressure but personally I do not feel it because I am confident we will go through."

For his part, Fischer refuses to be lulled into a false sense of security by Dynamo's lowly points tally. "We see Dynamo as favourites in this match and, despite not winning against Genk or Rapid, as favourites in the group," he said, with his men on three points so far. "Usually I ask my team to play to win against any opponent, but we are aware of Dynamo's quality. So if the game goes wrong we would be glad to get a draw. However, even to claim a point here we must play our best football."

A draw is not the target for Thun midfielder Dennis Hediger, however, who has just one target in mind – victory. "Our aim is three points. We want to leave Dynamo behind us in the table before the return fixture. We are trying to prepare with a positive mindset."

Last updated: 21/11/13 18.43CET

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