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Sunday 4 December 2016

Poor form a worry for Legia

Stephen Kenny
Stephen Kenny

Dundalk and Legia Warsaw have more in common than the fact that both clubs are desperate to advance to the group stages of the Champions League - both teams are having serious struggles on the domestic front.

And Legia's boss Besnik Hasi has warned his players that if they repeat their most recent domestic display in Wednesday's European meeting with Dundalk in Dublin, it could be a very testing night for the Polish side who are aiming to make the group stages for the first time in two decades.

Since Dundalk secured that place in the play-off round of the Champions League, Stephen Kenny's (left) side have lost two league games, the first time they lost successive league matches since September 2013. The only plus for Kenny is that second-placed Cork City have failed to make up lost ground with a Euro hangover of their own with just one point from their last two games, Cork in action away to Derry City tonight,

But Legia are also struggling at home and their weekend league loss to lowly Górnik Leczna means they are now four games without a win in all competitions.

"A lot of my players were already thinking of the game against Dundalk," says Besnik Hasi, Legia's Albanian-born coach as he tried to explain the weekend 1-0 loss.

"If we play like that against Dundalk we won't get anything out of the game. We have to take that last game as a lesson as we cannot afford to repeat that against Dundalk. The need to wake up - it's five-to-twelve but twelve o' clock is too late."

Dundalk, still bruised by last week's league defeat to Bray Wanderers, have been training at FAI HQ in Abbotstown to prepare for Wednesday's game in Dublin.

Ticket sales have already reached the 20,000 mark and the club hope to have a bigger crowd than the gate of 27,000 which saw the last big Champions League game in Dublin, Shelbourne's 0-0 draw with Deportivio la Coruna in 2004.

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