Club Brugge vs Dinamo Preview
Club Brugge coach Adrie Koster has told his players nothing less than a victory will do when they face Dinamo Zagreb.The Belgian club currently sit bottom of Group D with two points after picking up a goalless draw against the Croatian side last time out.
That result means Brugge are four points adrift of section leaders Villarreal and in desperate need of the three points if they are to have any genuine chance of advancing beyond the group stages.
And Koster knows his side will not only need to claim the three points at the Jan Breydel Stadion on Thursday evening, but they will also need to avoid defeat in their final two group fixtures.
Koster said: "At home we absolutely must win against this team, but elsewhere we have to gather points.
"It is not easy, but it will have to if we want to qualify. I was pleased that Villarreal beat PAOK Salonika in their last game as PAOK and Dinamo now have four points and we have two.
"We are still in this competition, but we must leave absolutely nothing to chance at home."
But Koster knows his side will face a stern test against Vahid Halilhodzic's well-organised visitors.
"We should not underestimate Dinamo," he added. "They have shown on many occasions that they are a team with real footballing ability.
"Sometimes they pass the ball around very efficiently and quickly. They are a difficult team to play against because they can play well on the counter."
Koster's hopes of success will be high with his side unbeaten in five Europa League home matches, and will have been buoyed by the way they performed in their 2-2 Jupiler League draw with Standard Liege at the weekend.
And Halilhodzic, mindful of Brugge's home record, believes a win in Belgium would be a great result for his side and mark a major step in their progression.
"A win would be a great achievement and progress for this team and Dinamo," he said.
"Villarreal have the strongest team in the group, but Brugge has caused us the most problems, we created very few chances in the first game."