Aberdeen hold no fear for us and we can dump them out of Europe says Siroki Brijeg star


Siroki Brijeg star Luka Menalo has insisted they have no fear of facing Aberdeen in Europe this week because they are used to being underdogs.

The Pittodrie side play their first match in the Europa League on Thursday when they face the dangerous Bosnian outfit in the second qualifying round first leg.

Siroki eliminated Kazakhstan side Shymkent Ordabasy 2-0 on aggregate, with the damage done in the first leg at home.

Now midfielder Menalo insists that win has given them huge confidence ahead of their trip to Scotland.
He said: “I speak for everyone in the squad – we all can’t wait to go to Scotland.

Suroki Brijeg previously played against Hearts in 2006

“No one gave us a chance against Ordabasy. They spent a great deal of money on players and our squad are full of young players.

“They were a good quality opposition, but perhaps they underestimated us.

“Our preparations for Aberdeen have already started. When we landed back in Bosnia after our long flight from Almaty, we went straight to our ground for a training session.

“The coach is very confident we can cause the Scots problems.

“Again, we will be outsiders, but maybe that suits us.

Derek McInnes is expecting a tough tie

Meanhwile, Dons boss Derek McInnes reckons there is many similarities between their Europa League opponents and his first side in the Granite City.

He said: “Siroki remind me of my first Aberdeen team — a counter-attacking team, with two pacy wingers, real energy in the park and good organisation.

“They got through the tie very comfortably, which, on paper, was a difficult one.

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“We watched a stream of their second leg before we went to Arbroath on Thursday night. What could have been a very tricky tie they’ve dealt with very well.

“They have had a similar preparation to us going into this. We know we’re not going to be 100 per cent at our best, but we’ve got to try and deliver a performance that gets us through the tie.

“A lot of the players have had the experience of playing in Europe in the last few years and hopefully that helps.”

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