Asteras Tripolis have risen from the lower tiers to the elite level of Greek football – the Greek Super League - in the last 10 years and have finished sixth, third and fifth in the last three seasons.
“We know it’s a big game for them and it’s important to be focused, to be ready and to go onto the pitch with the mentality that in front of us, we have a very good team and a team with a big motivation to play well in this game,” said Mauricio, who was keen to stress that our 5-1 victory against Asteras a fortnight ago will have little bearing on tonight’s encounter.
“Every game is different and this is a different moment,” he added.
“They now play at home in front of their supporters and these are always tough games in the Europa League in a different environment.
“We need to be ready, to be focused on ourselves and try to win the game, that’s our objective.”
We’re level at the top of Group C with Besiktas on five points with Asteras on four and Partizan Belgrade on two – victory tonight would see us take a big stride towards qualification with two matches remaining, Partizan at the Lane on November 27 and a trip to Istanbul to face Besiktas on December 11.
“It’s an important three points as we try to go through to the next round,” said Mauricio. “We expect a tough game, it’s a big game for them but for us too, we need to win this game.”
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