DECLAN DEVINE believes Trabzonspor’s ‘pampered’ stars face a culture shock when they arrive at Brandywell Stadium today ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash.
The Turkish club will be a world away from their usual five star facilities in the luxurious Black Sea resort when they arrive for training at the Lone Moor Road venue this afternoon. And while the Brandywell may be showing its age, Derry boss, Devine believes it’s the perfect stage for an historic upset.
“We’re going to need everybody pulling in the one direction but hopefully the Brandywell will be a cauldron of noise,” said the Derry boss.
“Let’s hope we can make sure it’s very intimidating for them coming into our backyard as it was for us going into theirs.
“They are coming to Brandywell to train on Tuesday and Wednesday night so they will get an idea of what it’s like, but it certainly won’t fill them with confidence.
“It will be a tremendous leveller for us,” he added. “We’re minnows in terms of where they are as a club. They have a wage bill of 70 million dollars a year - that’s the equivalent of £1 million a week.
“They just signed Florent Malouda, so in terms of where they are as a club, they are on a different level than us. But the football pitch is a very level playing field. It’s an opportunity for us to make history and I believe we are capable of going through if we all do our work in the right way.”
Boasting a 4-2 aggregate advantage, the Turks will be confident of progressing to a clash with either Dinamo Minsk or Lokomotiva Zagreb. But those crucial away goals from David McDaid and Paddy Kavanagh offer the ‘Candy Stripes’ some hope.
“I don’t see why we can’t turn this tie around,” continued Devine. “If we can score two goals in their backyard then we are capable of scoring two goals in our own. We know it is a huge ask but one thing the players can take out of the match last Thursday night is the belief that they can stand toe-to-toe with Trabzonspor.”