JOL ON THE DRAW
Martin Jol suspected we would land Feyenoord in the Round of 32 of the UEFA Cup.
Martin Jol suspected we would land Feyenoord in the Round of 32 of the UEFA Cup.We were duly paired with the Rotterdam side in the draw made in Nyon early this afternoon, a match up that will see the manager make a return to his native country in February.
"I said it yesterday that we would probably get Feyenoord," reacted Martin. "It is not a bad draw for us, they are probably not as good as when they played Spurs in the final of the UEFA Cup in 1974, but it is still a big club who get crowds averaging 45-50,000.
"It will be difficult going over there because they are strong at home, but we've got the advantage of playing later at home.
"Feyenoord are in the top five in Holland and are normally in the top three. There is another Dutch club, AZ Alkmaar, who beat Seville on Thursday and are now in the top three instead of Feyenoord.
"They had to sell Dirk Kuyt to Liverpool, but they have still got bundles of talent. They've got a young squad who have done well and beat a good Wisla Krakow side this week but I feel if we play with confidence like we have been then we can go further.
"It could have been worse and it could have been better, but I am looking forward to going to Rotterdam."
The draw was also made for the last 16 in which, should we get past Feyenoord, we will take on SC Braga of Portugal or Serie A side Parma.
"If you look at the teams in the last 16, Braga are strong and are the third team in Portugal with Porto and Benfica," added Martin. "Parma are a good team and are a contender in Europe."