05 August 2022 – 08:06
Viktor Khlus hopes to see Ukrainians but overtake Sturm Graz in Champions but then it will be much more difficult
Dynamo Kyiv could hamper Benfica for the second season in a row. The Ukrainians, forced to play abroad in the face of war, are fighting for a place in the Champions League qualifiers. In the first leg, played as visitors to Poland, the team from the Ukrainian capital beat Austrians Sturm Graz 1-0, but the task could be much more complicated if they qualify, according to a former club player . Luckily, Benfica might get lucky, if the reds also stamp their passport in the second leg of the Champions League 3rd qualifying round. “The passage of the draw against Sturm Graz is a normal phenomenon. They must be defeated and with a margin. But a qualification against Benfica will be a miracle”, anticipated Viktor Khlus in statements to the ‘Footboom’ portal. The former striker who spent five years at Dinamo in the early 1980s assured that, for now, the former club must play their part in the third qualifying round of the Champions League.
“There can be no doubts with them. If we don’t overtake this team, we have nothing to do. Benfica’s game against Midtjylland? With Fenerbahce, we have already been lucky. The Turks have a very good team. Well, good luck again for Dynamo but the team can’t always be bad,” the 57-year-old Khlus said.
Regarding using Poland as a home, the ex-striker assured that this fact cannot be used as an excuse for possible poor results from Mircea Lucescu’s side. “I don’t think it matters that much. Of course, excuses can be made. Take a look at the top clubs in Europe. Do Real Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea care where they play? home and away, they try to play to be the best.” . Everyone should strive to reach this level. Referee errors are minimized thanks to VAR. In my time, two penalties in one half could not be given,” he explained.
By Flavio Miguel Silva
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