Stratev urges players to show no fear

28 July 2010 10:51
FK Rabotnicki coach Zoran Stratev has told his team they have nothing to fear from Liverpool in their Europa League third qualifying round tie

Liverpool have travelled for the clash at Skopje's Philip II Stadium with an under-strength squad after Roy Hodgson chose not to risk a number of World Cup players.

The Reds also still have another 18 days to wait before their Premier League campaign begins while Macedonia's domestic competition begins this weekend.

Stratev, whose side finished second in Macedonia last term, said: "We know Liverpool are a better team than us but we are ready to play for our country and for ourselves and to show the world we know how to play football.

"There is no reason for us to be afraid, we do not have anything to lose.

"I am expecting a wonderful match and I believe the players are ready to give it their best.

"After the match we will see if we have done enough to get a result. We expect a wonderful atmosphere at the stadium."

Rabotnicki, who have already beaten Lusitans of Andorra and Armenian side Mika to reach this stage, head to Anfield for the second leg next week.

Source: Team_Talk

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