Ferencvaros manager Serhij Rebrov was in good spirits this afternoon as he faced the press ahead of tomorrow’s opening Champions League Qualifier against Bulgarian Champions Ludogorets at the Groupama Arena.
The former Tottenham striker spoke of his delight at the strength in depth that he has at his disposal in the current squad and how returning Haladas loanees Rui Pedro and Tamas Priskin have impressed him so far during pre-season.
Maintaining a cautiously optimistic tone throughout this afternoon’s pre-match press conference, Rebrov highlighted the importance of the Ludogorets tie to the fans of Ferencvaros who have had to endure some wretched results in Europe in recent seasons.
The Fradi manager was at pains to stress that he had left no stone unturned in his efforts to prepare his players tactically, physically, and mentally for tomorrow night’s first leg encounter.
When probed on Ludogorets by a visiting Bulgarian journalist, Rebrov spoke highly of tomorrow’s opposition saying they are a high-quality team who have strengthened further over the summer. Rebrov highlighted 34-year-old Brazilian born attacking midfielder Marcelinho as The Eagles dangerman. The naturalised Bulgarian netted 8 times last season as he helped Ludogorets to an 8th title in a row.
Tomorrow’s encounter at the Groupama comes approximately 11 months after Ludogorets last visit to the Hungarian capital. On that occasion Ludogorets lost 1-0 to MOL Vidi; a similar result tomorrow would be a great outcome for Ferencvaros and Hungarian football as a whole.