FC Astana prepares for a UEFA Europa League group stage match against FK Jablonec
FC Astana takes a leading position in the group and has good chances to increase that lead by winning over Czech's FK Jablonec.
The Kazakh Premier League winner FC Astana prepares for a UEFA Europe League group stage match against Czech professional football club FK Jablonec, BNews.kz correspondent reports.
FC Astana and Kiev's Dinamo lead in group K of the UEFA Europa League with 5 points each. France's Rennes and the Czech club gain 4 and 3 points respectively. Thus, if FC Astana wins the upcoming match, it will increase its chances to come out of the group.
The two clubs, FK Jablonec and FC Astana, met in a match resulting in a draw two weeks ago in Czechia.
According to Grigori Babayan, the trainer of FC Astana, the club should be more careful in a match so to avoid blunders.
"We faced a strong and aggressive club. In the first halftime, we had some tactical problems. So we worked on them and will play in a more organized and disciplined manner. We want to win and get points, however, we should not lose our heads in a home match, especially when supporters make the team keep momentum. It is important to show an organized game," said FC Astana's head trainer during a press conference in the capital city of Kazakhstan.
It is known that FC Astana cannot count on the team's three footballers, including defenders Dmitri Shomko and Yuri Logovinenko, and attacker Aleksey Shchetkin. On the plus side, goalkeeper Nenad Eric, who got injured in a recent match with Almaty's FC Kairat at the Kazakh Premier League, trains with the team and is ready to join the match against FK Jablonec.
"We must not forget about defense. It is for sure that at home even the walls help, and there will be more confidence. The opponent team has bright attackers, who scored 12 goals in the last two matches," said Grigori Babayan.
A match of the group stage of the Europe League between FC Astana and FK Jablonec will take place on Thursday, November 8 at the Astana Arena stadium and starts at 9.50 p.m. (local time).
The board of referees includes Hungarian István Vad and assistant referees István Albert and Balázs Szert, extra referees Ferenc Karakó and Joseph Erdos, and reserve referee Péter Kóbor.