Yovov has eyes on history

BY foxsports • September 15, 2010

The Bulgarians go into the Group C opener knowing they have not beaten a Belgian side in six previous meetings. But, having ended a similar statistic with victory over Swedes AIK Stockholm in the play-offs last month, Yovov is gunning for another victory. He told www.temasport.com: "Last month it was said that no Bulgarian club had achieved victory over Swedish opposition for 15 or 20 years. We managed it. "It is important to beat Gent as this will only be the first rung of a high ladder. We should not underestimate anyone because our task will not be easy at all." Levski coach Yasen Petrov is wary of Gent but knows his players will give everything in an effort to secure the club's first home victory in seven European group matches. He said: "Gent are well organised with an interesting coach. We have watched their matches. We will strive to win from the first until the last minute. It is important for our confidence." Petrov has been boosted by Yovov's return to fitness but Vladimir Gadzhev will definitely miss out with his calf injury while Chakib Benzoukane steps in for the suspended Yordan Miliev. Petrov added: "We are ready with an alternate for Gadzhev. We are counting on all the players and this will be a chance for the person who will take his place." Gent, who are making their first appearance in the group stage of a major European competition, will be hoping to break their own poor run after losing their last six European away fixtures. It will also be a first test at this level for coach Francky Dury, who combined a football career with a full-time job as a police officer until 2007. Gent, surprise winners over Feyenoord in the play-offs, welcome back Bernd Thijs and Marko Suler from injury but Roy Myrie and Christophe Lepoint remain on the sidelines for the match at the Georgi Asparuhov Stadium.

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