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APOEL boss Donis: 'Our absentees are more costly'

Posted on 26 September 2017  - 10:49

APOEL manager Giorgos Donis insists we're not the only ones with players missing ahead of tonight's (Tuesday 26 September) UEFA Champions League clash in Cyprus.

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We're in Nicosia for matchday two at European football's top table, looking to build on a fantastic 3-1 home win over Borussia Dortmund last time out.

We've had to leave a handful of players in London due to injuries, suspensions and, in the case of Christian Eriksen, illness.

But Donis, the German-born former Greek international who played for Blackburn Rovers and our opponents this weekend, Huddersfield Town, during the 1990s, says his selection options are also limited as he aims to get his team off the mark in Group H following a 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid a fortnight ago.

"We know that Tottenham have some players missing but so do we. In fact, I think our absentees are more costly," claimed the 47-year-old.

"We are realistic. We know that Tottenham are the better team. We need to be organised but to have more time on the ball than we did in Madrid. Confidence will play a huge role for us.

"In the last five years, we have got stronger from playing against such massive opponents. (Tonight) we face a team with great quality and we have prepared accordingly for the task at hand. A lot will also count on our own faith and mental strength."

Asked how he feels about his team having to defend against Harry Kane, Donis added: "He is one of the best strikers in Europe, but we never focus on individuals. Just like when we came up against (Cristiano) Ronaldo or Neymar, we will be working as a team to stop the dangerous players."