Sunday 18 March 2018

'Underdogs' Dundalk should believe another European upset is possible - Kenny


Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Stephen Kenny says it would be 'extraordinary' if his Dundalk side were capable of knocking Rosenborg out of the Champions League but stressed that his players have no reason to adopt a David v Goliath mentality.

Dundalk's incredible run last year has removed any fear factor about competing against elite opposition with deeper pockets and Kenny has accentuated the positive heading into tonight's first-leg meeting at Oriel Park.

Last year, Dundalk progressed through two Champions League rounds to reach a final play-off and defeat to Legia Warsaw sent them into the Europa League group stages where they picked up four points. One more would have been enough for seeding this time around, but instead they face a tricky test against a heavyweight at this level.

Rosenborg last competed in the Champions League group stage in 2007 but have reached the Europa League equivalent four times in the intervening period and back-to-back doubles in Norway would suggest they are on the way back after a fallow spell.

Kenny has promised that Dundalk will play on the front foot in a win-or-bust encounter with the losers at this stage out of Europe completely.

"Undoubtedly, we are the underdogs, there's no point in saying otherwise," he said, "But David and Goliath might be an analogy too far.

"When you look at the resources, you can't compare the clubs so for us to beat them will need two extraordinary performances but we'll have to back ourselves to achieve that.

"Our (2016) experience has to be an advantage but we still have to get up a few levels from our domestic games. We'll be trying to score; if you're asking me would I take a 0-0, the honest answer is no."

Irish Independent

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