Wednesday July 27 2011
Palermo 'confident' of Europa clash

Stefano Pioli insists Palermo “have faith in ourselves” ahead of tomorrow's Europa League opener against Thun.

The Sicilians entered the Third qualifying round thanks to reaching the Coppa Italia Final, where they lost to Inter.

“In the last round against Vllaznia, Thun showed they have excellent individual qualities,” said Coach Pioli.

“The Swiss team can also play at a very high tempo. It'll be crucial for us to keep sharp over the entire 90 minutes and give our opponents few reference points.

“We mustn't underestimate Thun, even if we have faith in ourselves and are really hungry to prove what we can do.

“The work done in these first three weeks of pre-season training has been excellent, both in physical terms and the tactical organisation.”

The first leg of this Europa League Third Round tie is at the Stadio Barbera, kick-off 19.45 UK time.

The second leg will be in Switzerland on August 4 at 18.30 UK time.