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Malmo Ready For Anything
Malmo expect to be able to cope with Hibs tonight in what will be an emotional atmosphere.
Malmo head coach Rikard Norling is not worried about anything Hibs will be able to deliver when his side walk onto the Easter Road pitch tonight. The Swedish league leaders arrive for the second leg of their second qualifying round Europa League tie with a 2-0 advantage from the first leg. It is expected that it will be an emotional night as Hibs fans pay tribute to one of the club's greatest players, Lawrie Reilly, who died on Monday aged 84. Hibs fans will expect their favourites to rise to the occasion and deliver a result that will see them progress. However, Norling is sure his side can handle the atmosphere that awaits them. He said: "It's part of playing at the top level, you play against teams that have big fan bases. Hibernian is such a team and we expect a noisy crowd. We enjoy it, that tells us it's a very important game. In Swedish football there are many top-class arenas and good atmosphere at stadiums. It's not only Malmo, other teams have good fans. We are used to it."Norling is well aware of the sad news that hit Hibs this week and promised his players and officials would pay their respects before the game. He said: "It's difficult for us to contribute with our awareness level, because we maybe don't have that understanding. Whatever we can do to make it as good for the club and family we will try to do."Looking to the game, Malmo could face the added threat of fast and direct Hibs winger Alex Harris. He returned to training this week after being restricted to 13 minutes in Sweden because of a thigh problem. Norling said: "Alex Harris made a difference last week, all three subs made a difference. But we are ready for anything they have got."
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