Partizan is home to Estonians Flora on Thursday (6.45pm CET kick-off) for a round 2 Conference League group stage fixture.
In a round 1 match-ups, Flora lost 1-0 at home to Gent while Partizan beat Anorthosis 2-0 away,
Seydouba Soumah terminated his contract with the club on a mutual consent. Danilo Pantic is back in contention following his recovery from muscle injury. Lazar Markovic is also fit to play
Partizan boss Aleksandar Stanojevic ahead of Flora game:
-We are playing a game tomorrow, the one that can help us work our way through to the next round of the competition. Flora is a team with 14 internationals full of international experience. On average, their players have around 50 to 60 games for their respective national teams. Flora is experienced side but a win would mean a lot to us and we want to repeat our fine round 1 performance. This win would certainly drag us closer to the next round although there will be four group stage games remaining. Nonetheless, a win would be a step forward for us. We want to gain more advantage ahead of remaining games.
As for the starting line-up…I always select my team in regard to the opponents. At this moment, we have the best possible line-up ready for Flora. I`m aware of importance of each European match, being it opposition from Luxembourg or Estonia, they are all capable of upsetting you. You`ve seen Moldovans Sheriff last night. Modern football is like that and we are aware of it all.
I`m sure Flora will come out and play high pressing game. They are dangerous and they will try to play at our half of the field. Of course, we are favourites to win but when you look at Flora`s recent results, you`ll understand what kind of team they are.
They have number of exceptional players, 6 or 7 of them who played international game against Portugal or Belgium. Flora`s players have more games on such level compared to us. They are accustomed to such matches and their European experience is huge. Their transition play is fantastic, forward Sappinen is dangerous…There`s lots more but we`ll keep it for a player`s meeting.
We have depth to rotate and we prepared for such congested fixture list. But, we are happy with it as it means we are competing in Europe and we want to keep this pace as long as possible.
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