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Lessons learned

Posted on 16 August 2011  - 12:00

Gareth Bale insists the team learned a big lesson in last season’s Champions League play-off at Young Boys and will not get caught out again at Hearts.

Gareth Bale insists the team learned a big lesson in last season’s Champions League play-off at Young Boys and will not get caught out again at Hearts.

We travel to Tynecastle, Edinburgh on Thursday for the first leg of our Europa League play-off against the Scottish Premier League side, kick-off 7.45pm.

Few will forget our start in Switzerland in the Champions League play-off this time last year.

With the ultimate prize of a place in the group stages of the Champions League at stake, Young Boys raced into a 3-0 lead inside 30 minutes.

Our dream looked in tatters but thankfully goals from Sebastien Bassong and Roman Pavlyuchenko hauled us back into the tie and we finished it off with a 4-0 win at the Lane.

"You learn from experiences like that and they stand you in good stead," said Gareth.

"We fully know what to expect at Hearts, we know they will probably look to come at us but we'll also be raring to go.

"They will be just as determined to qualify and we'll need to start well.

"None of the teams (in our part of the draw) were going to be easy and in a way it's good we got Hearts because it's not too far to travel.

"I'm sure it will be a good game and we won't take it lightly, that's for sure. We'll treat it like any other game and go out to win."

The return leg is at the Lane on Thursday, August 25.