PREVIEW: Dynamo Kiev wary of Bordeaux

Dynamo Kiev striker Admir Mehmedi feels it would be "a big mistake" to underestimate Bordeaux even if they may lack the power of French heavyweight Paris St Germain.

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Dynamo were knocked out of the Champions League earlier this season after suffering a 4-1 defeat in Paris and a 2-0 loss in Kiev in the group stages to Carlo Ancelotti's side.

After scraping into third place in the group, Dynamo now face another Ligue 1 side in Bordeaux in the first leg of a Europa League last-32 clash on Thursday at their Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex.

With Ideye Brown unlikely to be available after helping Nigeria to African Nations Cup glory on Sunday, Swiss 21-year-old Mehmedi is set to step in for coach Oleg Blokhin.

Asked whether he knew of the specific details on Bordeaux, Mehmedi said: "Well, I'm not aware of what they eat for breakfast and what music they listen to on the way to the stadium.

"More importantly, with regard to how they play football, we have spent a lot of time studying their last two matches.

"Physically, they are strong team, very typical of a French side.

"A key point is they are in the middle of their championship, whereas we have only been playing friendlies recently."

That is reference to the fact Dynamo have spent the past two months on their winter break, with their last competitive outing a 1-1 draw with Dynamo Zagreb on December 4 in the final Champions League group game.

Blokhin's side have played eight friendlies over the past few weeks as part of their build-up to taking on Bordeaux, winning four, along with three defeats and a draw.

As for Bordeaux, they suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at Ajaccio on Saturday, losing ground in their bid to qualify for next season's Europa League.

Assessing that match, Mehmedi added: "Bordeaux had their plans, but failed to implement them, whereas their opponent only had two chances and that was enough to win by a whisker.

"But that does not mean anything. Bordeaux are a serious team, not as powerful and as respectable a name as PSG, but to underestimate them would be a big mistake."

Bordeaux coach Francis Gillot is poised to pitch newcomers Julien Faubert and Diego Rolan straight into the fray against Dynamo.

Defender Faubert, signed from Turkish side Elazigspor on transfer deadline day, was forced into action against Ajaccio after 23 minutes due to an injury to Mariano which keeps the Brazilian sidelined.

As for Rolan, the 19-year-old Uruguayan captured from Defensor Sporting de Montevideo, is seen as a replacement for Yoan Gouffran who signed for Newcastle.

Rolan said: "I'm going to give my all to make sure things go well for me in Bordeaux.

"My job is to score goals. To give everything I have for the team, and to develop as a professional."



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