BATE Borisov continues its progress in the 2016/17 Champions League qualification. In the second round, the Yellow-Blues ousted Finland's SJK and in the third round they are to face the familiar opponents from Ireland FC Dundalk, the team with which the Borisov club met in last year's qualifying. Back then, it was BATE who won on aggregate and progressed to the next round.
The head coach of BATE Alexander Ermakovich at the pre-match press conference spoke about his team's preparation for the game and another return into the squad of veteran Alexander Hleb.
Alexander Ermakovich, head coach of FC BATE (Borisov):
This is a familiar opponent for us. Changes are minor. The vision of the head coach has not changed. They play the same high-tempo, power football, trying to dominate the field, regardless of the opponent, trying to grab the initiative.
You know, I'll tell you honestly, for the championship of Belarus, we probably would do without [Alexander] Hleb. But given the fact that we hope and believe that we will play on two or even three fronts, it never hurts to have a joker in your hands.
The BATE v Dundalk game is due at Borisov Arena on July 26. The second leg will be held next week in Ireland.