Grp K: Twente vs Wisla Krakow Preview

Wisla Krakow coach Robert Maaskant is looking forward to a "unique" occasion as he prepares for his first European clash against a team from his native Holland.

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The Polish side will be look to bounce back from their opening Group K defeat to Odense when they travel to Enschede to take on an FC Twente side who drew with Fulham last time out.

Maaskant's family will be in attendance and he told "It's going to be something unique for me, especially because my son lives about 50km from Enschede and will be coming to watch with my parents. That'll be added motivation for me."

He dismissed any suggestion of divided loyalties, though, adding: "Of course they will be supporting me and Wisla - otherwise I won't give them any tickets!"

Looking ahead to the game itself, he said: "I know they play attacking football, so I'm pretty sure they will leave us space on the counter-attack. We'll try to take advantage of that and surprise them.

"We were hit [against Ruch Chorzow] on Sunday by injuries to our most creative players Maor Melikson and Patryk Malecki, but we will try to continue without them.

"Of course, our situation is not perfect because of our 3-1 home loss to Odense, but we haven't lost confidence as we know we played quite well.

"Now we want to avoid defeat, and a draw would not be too bad for us as I think there's little difference between ourselves, Twente, Odense and Fulham. The games to come could turn everything around."

Twente's young Polish keeper Filip Bednarek has warned his side of the danger presented by his fellow countrymen.

"Co Adriaanse asked me about Wisla in training, and where I could I offered some tips.

"I follow the Polish league and watch summaries on television each week. Together with Legia Warsaw and Lech Poznan, Wisla Krakow are currently one of the top teams in Poland.

"They have a good team and good versatile attacking players. The team have had a lot of injuries lately, and they were seventh in the league until last week's victory took them third in the rankings."

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