Targets fixed for southern sides

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

Gençlerbirligi SK v HNK Rijeka

Gençlerbirligi spokesman Muammer Akyüz: "We don't know much about Rijeka, but they are representatives of a country [Croatia] that has made good progress in the past few years. In that respect, we may have been paired with one of the strongest sides in the pot. It's an advantage to play the first leg at home though."

Rijeka coach Elvis Scoria: "We didn't have any luck. I wanted a Slovenian or Israeli team but instead we have drawn the strongest and most difficult opponent. Turkish teams are very strong but we will do our best to reach the next round. All is not lost, but we are not exactly delighted with the draw."

PFC Levski Sofia v FK Modrica

Levski coach Stanimir Stoilov: "To be honest, I don't know too much about Modrica. I think we will be favourites, but we must be very careful and remain focused during both legs."

Hapoel Bnei Sakhnin FC v FK Partizan

FC Steaua Bucuresti v FK Železnik 

Steaua assistant coach Dorinel Munteanu: "It's a good draw for us. In the past, Romanian clubs haven't been able to beat Serbo-Montenegrin sides, but that doesn't matter now. We are confident we can reach the first round, but will take the matches very seriously because the Serbo-Montenegrin school of football is a very good one."

FK Buducnost Banatski Dvor v NK Maribor

NK Željeznicar v PFC Litex Lovech

Litex coach Stoicho Mladenov: "There isn't much time before the first leg, so we must learn as much as possible about Željeznicar while we can. I know Željeznicar played against Levski three years ago, but they will be a completely different team now. We must be very careful and cautious."

NK Dinamo Zagreb v NK Primorje

Dinamo coach Nikola Jurcevic: "We will be favourites but Slovenian teams are always difficult opponents for us. We have to be careful, although I must admit I am very satisfied with the draw, especially as we will play the first leg at home and won't need to travel too far for the second game."

Primorje director of communications Edvard Pelcin: "We could have drawn an easier opponent, because we all know the name of Dinamo Zagreb. They will be the favourites. The history of the Balkans means the match will have an edge and we will have to pay a lot of attention to this issue ahead of the games."

AC Omonia v PFC CSKA Sofia

CSKA coach Ferario Spasov: "I expect Omonia to be good opponents. The team has a strong history in Europe and beat [FK] Sloga [Jugomagnat] 8-1 [on aggregate] in the first qualifying round, so they are also in very good form. We must be at our best for both games and highly motivated if we want to go through."

FK Partizan v FC Otelul Galati

AEK Larnaca FC v Maccabi Petach-Tikva FC

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