Thursday, 20th September, 2012
Anzhi Makhachkala coach Guus Hiddink believes that his side are perfectly capable of topping their Europa League group, despite English giants Liverpool being considered favourites for first place.
Hiddink takes his Russian side to Italy this evening, with Udinese set to provide the opposition, and Anzhi arrive in blistering form, having scored 16 goals in their last four games.
Now Hiddink has conquering the club’s Europa League group on his mind; Young Boys make up the numbers in the group.
And so he is confident of defying the bookmakers’ predictions of Liverpool being dominant.
"I do not know if I should believe the bookmakers", said the former Russia coach.
"We do not have many players with experience of the group stage of a European competition", he conceded however, before adding "I would not say that Anzhi are favourites, but we will try to top the group."
Hiddink did admit though that Liverpool are ranked as favourites.
"Liverpool are absolutely favourites, but in recent years Udinese have also made a good impression."