Friday 15 December 2017

Berg doing homework on Saints for Euro clash

LEGIA Warsaw boss Henning Berg promises his side will leave nothing to chance when it comes to their Champions League battle with their "British style" opponents St Patrick's Athletic later this month, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.

The Polish champions, currently in their pre-season programme, are favourites to get past the Saints and into the third qualifying round of the Champions League.

Legia were the last Polish club to qualify for the group stage of that competition, back in 1995, and there is pressure on manager Berg to get the club into the latter stages this season.

Former Manchester United player Berg (above) has already sent a scout, Goncalo Feio, to watch Pats in action, in last Friday's league win over Bray Wanderers, and they will also have a spy in place when the Saints' play Shamrock Rovers on Saturday.

"We have to prepare for this game as best we can and be completely professional," says Berg, his side at home to Pats in the first leg in 15 days' time.

"Goncalo Feio saw St Patrick's play last Friday. We will have a detailed report on the way they played in that match, as well as other games. Our opponents have a British style of football and they have good players in their squad.

"The most important thing for us is that we play our game and dominate play in both matches," added Berg, appointed as Legia boss at the start of this year following a disastrous display in the group stages of the Europa League last season, Legia losing five of their six games.

Meanwhile Sligo Rovers today begin the punishing trek to the Baltic for Thursday's Europa League game in Lithuania.

As the club were unable to arrange a charter flight for the game against FC Banga in Gargdai, the squad will today fly from Knock to London, overnight in the English capital ahead of another flight, to Kaunas tomorrow.

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