JOL ON THE DRAW
Martin Jol declared himself satisfied after the draw for the UEFA Cup Group Stage saw us pooled with Anderlecht, Getafe, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Aalborg.
Martin Jol declared himself satisfied after the draw for the UEFA Cup Group Stage saw us pooled with Anderlecht, Getafe, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Aalborg.Travel plans will be being made for trips to Israel and Belgium, while we will play host to the visitors from Spain and Denmark.
"I am pretty satisfied," commented Martin shortly after the draw was made. "You can only assess it on paper on at the moment and my feeling is that it could have been a lot tougher for us.
"Anderlecht away will be a hard one, but it is in the final game for us and hopefully we will have done the business by then. They have got fanatical supporters, just like we've got, so that should be a special night with the history between the two clubs in this competition.
"It is good that we start at home against Getafe before we face a trip to Tel Aviv. People tend to under-estimate the football in Israel, but they have got players there from all over the world so that could well be a tricky game and there is always a great atmosphere.
"Aalborg will not be easy, they came through a tie against Sampdoria and I am pleased we have got them at home," continued Martin, who added that inserting four European games into our pre-Christmas fixture list creates a special dimension to the season.
"Everybody enjoyed themselves last season, we wanted the European nights back and we had some great games at home and away at the likes of Besiktas and Leverkusen. We are looking forward to more of the same."
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