Jol full of praise for Maaskant

20 October 2011 08:21
Martin Jol is looking forward to facing fellow Dutchman Robert Maaskant when Fulham go head to head with Wisla Krakow in the Europa League.[LNB] The pair having come across one another before during their time coaching in the Eredivisie, which included a 6-0 win for Jol's Ajax side against Maaskant's NAC Breda during the 2009/10 season.[LNB]The most recent clash between the duo ended 1-1 in January 2010, and Jol was quick to praise his counterpart ahead of this evening's match.[LNB]"I think Wisla is a good challenge for him," Jol said.[LNB]"It is good for his experience because he is still a young coach [42], although he started when he was 26.[LNB]"He is one of the youngest coaches and a big prospect. He was champion last year so he is a very good manager.[LNB]"He was very young when he started coaching, probably the youngest ever in Dutch football.[LNB]"Even then he was pretty successful. They called him the crown prince of Dutch football. He is a very intelligent and talented guy."[LNB]Maaskant was pleased to see Jol at Wednesday night's pre-match press conference, but will be hoping to outsmart his countryman.[LNB]"Of course, we know Fulham are a very good side," said Maaskant, whose side have lost their first two Group K matches.[LNB]"It has not been very easy to analyse Fulham because they have been changing the line-up many times over the last eight games.[LNB]"There are always five players that start but other than that we don't know - for example with [Mousa] Dembele because he had a little injury against Stoke.[LNB]"So we are not sure how they are going to play but we have to have our own plan.[LNB]"We are not going to change that much because it is not that possible to change a whole system or play totally different.[LNB]"Of course we are aware that the result [tonight] is going to be very important for the rest of the games.[LNB]"We hope we are smart enough to get a result against maybe a stronger team."

Source: Team_Talk