Lokomotiv President Dismisses 'Weak' Dons

THE PRESIDENT of Aberdeen's UEFA Cup opponents Lokomotiv Moscow has dismissed the Dons following the draw for the group stages.

And spunky Moskva Lokos president Yuriy Semin believes if the Dons had been drawn to play in Moscow, it would have been an easy three points for his team.

He said: "On the whole we have three stronger teams and two weaker.

"It would have been nice to play the weaker sides at home as six points would guarantee us a place in the next round."

He added that Group G is not a particularly dangerous group considering the opponents his club could have faced.

"This is quite a normal draw taking into account the serious clubs that are taking part in the competition," he explained.

While Mr Semen reckons his team will easily qualify from the group, Panathinaikos boss Jose Peseiro thinks that his team has been placed in the group of death.

He said: "It is a strong group, I believe the strongest. We are not afraid, we believe in our prospects."

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo agreed that the group could be tricky for his team, but is relishing the upcoming fixtures.

"There are no easy enemies and those who have made it to this point deserve it," he said. "I'm excited and happy with the draw because I'm sure that we're going to see good football."

Poor fella clearly didn't see our second half against Dnipro.

Meanwhile, FC Copenhagen gaffer Stale Solbakken was gutted to have to face a "strong" Aberdeen team at Pittodrie.

He said: "It is not optimal for us that we meet Lokomotiv Moscow and Aberdeen in the middle of a hectic end of the SAS Liga, they are both typically strong at home."