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Williams Outlines Rovers Euro Vision

Blackburn Rovers Chairman John Williams has outlined his hopes for this seasons UEFA Cup campaign, and has started by saying how "very disappointed" he would be if Rovers lost out to MyPa.

The Lancashire Telegraph classed MyPa as "the unknown Finnish side", which personally I think is VERY wrong, I in actual fact I they are ANYTHING but unknown (although I may be alone in saying this, but I have known about them for YEARS!!!) as they are a side that regularly play in European Competition.

They will not be easy when they are faced in the Second Qualifying Round of the UEFA Cup, but with all due respect to MyPa Rovers SHOULD be beating them over two legs in all reality, something that Williams is expecting as well as being sure about.

He told the Lancashire Telegraph:

"We are a seeded team and, undoubtedly, we will be favourites to progress from this tie.

"Of course, we must guard against complacency and you underestimate these teams at your peril.

"But Mark will prepare his players diligently and seriously and I personally feel that we should come progress from this tie with no real problems.

"I would be very disappointed if we did not progress.

"The stronger side usually comes through over two legs. In a one-off situation, the chance of a surprise is there.

"But we need to get through to join the other English sides in the UEFA Cup. That would then be our reward for going through the Intertoto Cup route

Looking further ahead, and how he hopes (and even expects) Rovers to progress in this seasons UEFA Cup proper (assuming, as expected Rovers overcome MyPa) he added:

"We won our group last year, but then went out in the next round. That was disappointing, but we hope to go further this year."


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Date:Saturday August 4 2007

Time: 7:40PM

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It is VERY GOOD to see John Williams aiming high, that IS the way it should be as Rovers SHOULD be looking to (at the very least) make the last 32 again, personally I think we should be looking further than this, as Williams is.
Hughes Da Man
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04/08/2007 19:43:00

Yeah totally agree, he knows we will beat the Finns that is why he is saying this, totally agree we should go past last 32 this season need to improve every season that is how it should be.
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04/08/2007 22:49:00

We SHOULD beat them, but we need to be careful.
Hughes Da Man
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05/08/2007 18:27:00

We should beat them but I don't think Hughes will let the lads be complacent. It is imperative we are regularly in Europe to increase revenue and the profile of the club. We looked good in the UEFA last season and feel we could have a similar impact this time around. Great to see ambition coming from Ewood these days!
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05/08/2007 19:19:00

Absolutely, the fact that we're in Europe again this season has made it a lot easier to hold on to our key players this summer & attract the likes of Rigters & Santa Cruz (who I think are terrific signings). We should have no problems against the Finns. Expectations are high that we can have a good season and rightfully so, everything is in place to achieve exactly that!
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05/08/2007 19:44:00

in the real world Rovers should be confident enough in absolutly stuffing the Finnish team, no offense to them but come on! Football speak for " take them serious " as we all know is a nice way of saying Good Luck, ur going to need it! But i agree witht eh fact that we are in Europe gave us the chance to hold onto Benni and attract Santa Cruz. So lets hope they do their best in helping us win something this yr
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07/08/2007 14:09:00

This is completely the right attitude.... Its good to hear him saying these things as it gives confidence to others.
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