Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Shamrock Rovers ready for Juventus

Shamrock Rovers manager Michael O'Neill said his team is ready for Juventus

The manager of Shamrock Rovers has warned Italian giants Juventus his side will be no pushover ahead of their Europa League qualifying tie.

Michael O'Neill said there was no fear in the young Dublin squad and it was clear in his mind what needed to be done.

"I think we have a group of players here that are capable of ruffling a few feathers in the Juventus team and who knows what will happen on the night," Mr O'Neill said.

The Dublin squad, based in Tallaght in the south of the city, landed the glamour tie after beating Israel's Bnei Yehuda 2-1 on aggregate in Tel Aviv.

It is the second big international clash for the club in a year and one of the biggest European games for an Irish side.

Last July Rovers took on Spanish giants Real Madrid in a friendly game and Mr O'Neill said the clash served them well.

"I think the atmosphere that night helped," Mr O'Neill said. "Familiarity of having done that will help them to a certain point. You obviously respect the opposition, and you respect what they've done in the game. But it doesn't over-awe you and obviously affect your own game."

The Rovers manager said he didn't think that would happen on Thursday night.

"In my own mind I'm clear about what we need to do," he said. "Our preparation has been concentrated on us, looking at the positive side of our games and making the players aware of the positive side of our games and that's where our focus will be."

Bookmakers William Hill have put the Dublin squad at 8/1 to cause a shock and win the game, and 12/1 to be the only team to score.

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