Legear in confident mood

The Belgian club head into their final fixture at home to Split

knowing that not only must they win, but that already-qualified

Zenit St Petersburg must overcome AEK Athens in Greece. While not

an ideal scenario, Legear believes Zenit’s form in the competition

so far proves they can claim the result the Belgians are hoping

for. The Russian champions have won all five pool games while they

were 3-1 winners over Anderlecht last time out, despite having

already sewn up top place. “I think we can count on the Russians,”

Legear said. “If you saw them against us they worked very hard even

though the knew they had won the group. “Zenit is too strong for

this group and are very capable of winning every game.” Legear, who

is in doubt for the match due to a shoulder problem, has warned his

side they must not lose sight of the fact they must first win their

match with Hajduk. The Croatians picked up their only three points

of the competition at home to Anderlecht in September, thanks to a

95th-minute winner from Stanko Poklepovic. “We are focused on

ensuring that we win this game, because if we don’t then everything

else doesn’t matter,” Legear added. “We also have a heavy stomach

from the reverse fixture when we lost so late.” Legear is one of

three players who will have a fitness test before the game with

Lucas Biglia and Ziguy Badibanga also in doubt. Hajduk flew to

Belgium without midfielder Anas Sharbini, the only player to miss

out from the team that beat Sibenik 3-1 at the weekend to stay

second in the Croatian league.