BOSSCHAART HAPPY WITH THE DRAW

Pascal Boschaart feels that Feyenoord have to be happy with the draw for the UEFA Cup group phase. ‘It is a favourable group, with attractive teams and we have a good chance of progressing. Schalke appears to me to be the most difficult opponent.’ The top three teams advance from the five-club group and with Hearts and Schalke drawn to come to De Kuip, the midfielder feels that a top-three finish must be doable. In fact, he expects more than that.

‘We have the highest coefficient and are the seeded team. But we must not underestimate anyone. Schalke is a top club in Germany and FC Basel did very well in the Champions League recently. I don’t know anything about Ferencvaros and all I know about Hearts is that the Dutchman Mark de Vries plays there. In any event it’s a nice group and we have a big chance of getting through.’

Romeo Castelen agrees that the Maassiders have a good shot at advancement. ‘Schalke is maybe the most difficult, because it’s a top club in a tough league. But we mustn’t underestimate FC Basel. They made life difficult for Barcelona at home. I expect a lot of Hearts too. They are a strong opponent, a typical Scottish team. I only know Ferencvaros by name. It is a strong group with great games. I’m looking forward to it.’

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