Friday, July 30, 2010
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Anderlecht coach will not under-estimate the Saints

ANDERLECHT coach Ariel Jacobs says his side will not be under-estimating The New Saints and have learned the lesson of their shock exit to BATE Borisov at the same stage two years ago.

Asked if he was worried about playing a small club in Europe, Jacobs replied: "There are no small teams, all teams deserve respect.
"You know that, after four games at this stage you can reach the most important club competition in Europe, so football qualities and mental qualities are vitally important.
"By beating Bohemians and scoring three goals in 20 minutes they (TNS) showed some potential to beware of.
"As for Anderlecht, we have the same ambition, you have to try to erase that quality of your opponents."
Jacobs confirmed that he will be without the services of striker Romelu Lukaku, star Czech midfielder Jan Polak is unavailable as he prepares for a transfer to Galatasary, while international clearance is still awaited for Argentinian Pier Barrios.
"From my scouting reports, TNS try to play in an un-British style, they try to build-up from the back," added Jacobs.
"Physically and mentally they will be prepared to run and pass over 90 minutes."
There is intense media interest in the game with 47 journalists and photographers accredited, including 16 from Belgium, as well as three TV companies and several radio stations.
BBC Radio Shropshire will be broadcasting live coverage from the Racecourse Ground.
Photo: Anderlecht coach Ariel Jacobs answers questions at the press conference in Wrexham.

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