Legia Warsaw midfielder Domagoj Antolic doubts Rangers will attack “aggressively” when the sides meet at Ibrox on Thursday after last night’s first-leg 0-0 draw – and insists that Steven Gerrard’s side “didn’t surprise” them at all.
Both sides had spells in control of the game without ever looking like making it count and the return leg at Ibrox on Thursday now sees both side’s Europa League hopes hanging in the balance.
Antolic admits that there is quality in Gerrard’s side and expects a tougher challenge than the away leg against Greek side Atromitos in the previous round.
“They didn’t surprise us, we watched their matches, we predicted how they would play. They have quality, but we will try to hit their weaknesses, Antolic told Sportowefakty, as quoted by Football Scotland.
“It may be more difficult in the second leg than it was in Athens. I expect the Rangers to press from the beginning, but we will be ready for it. On the other hand, they have to watch out for goals, if they lose they will have to score two, which is why I doubt that they will attack aggressively from the beginning.”
The Gers will be hoping they can make home advantage count in the second leg and fire themselves into the group stages – while also providing a huge confidence boost ahead of the upcoming Old Firm clash.
Rangers will be happy enough to come away with a draw from the away leg and for all Antolic’s protestations, Legia face a tough challenge to come to Ibrox and win.
While the midfielder expects Rangers to be a bit more conservative, with 50,000 fans at Ibrox, the support won’t necessarily be happy to sit and watch them not go and take the game to the visitors.