Monday December 16 2013
Trabzonspor: 'Let's eliminate Juve!'

The President of Trabzonspor is overjoyed at picking Juventus in the Europa League. “They can be eliminated by a Turkish side again!”

The Bianconeri were knocked out of the Champions League by Galatasaray and will return to Turkey in February.

“I wouldn’t see this as an unlucky draw,” said President Ibrahim Haciosmanoglu.

“After having faced Lazio in the first round, I wanted with all my heart to face another Italian team. Juve were knocked out of the Champions League by a Turkish team and we can give them the pleasure of being eliminated by a Turkish side again!

“We believe in our chances and usually do well against Italian opponents. If we are at the top of our game, then we can beat Juventus home and away, as we have many fans and playing the first leg in Turin can be an advantage. If we get a good result there, we can hope for a draw on our own turf.”

Trabzonspor assistant manager Hami Mandirali is also looking forward to the challenge of the Juventus Stadium.

“We are ready to face a colossus that until last week was in the Champions League. We do not fear Juventus and it will be wonderful to take them on. We’ll do everything to make Trabzonspor fans proud of us on the European stage.”