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Dnipro host the Greek club in the last 32 of the Europa League and Markevych paid tribute to Olympiakos squad and their form this season so far.

“Afellay and Mitroglou are the players to watch. But Olympiakos are generally a strong side. It's a challenge to play against Olympiakos in these two legs, especially in Athens where their fans create a hostile atmosphere. But our players are not afraid of that. Olympiakos produced some decent displays in the Champions League and they could go through to the next round. They beat Atletico Madrid and Juventus but the defeat in Sweden from Malmo cost them,” Markevych told sdna.gr.

Dnipro's aim is to go as far as they can in the competition according to Markevych. “We have to stay grounded. It's very difficult to win the Europa League but surely we can win anyone in this competition,” Markevych said.

The Dnipro manager is very happy to see his star player, Yevhen Konoplyanka staying put despite the transfer speculation. “Of course this saga wasn't good both for the team and the player himself. But fortunately the transfer window closed and Konoplyanka will remain here at least for the rest of the season. We managed to reinforce the squad in this January transfer period as we bought a playmaker and a left back, so overall I'm quite happy with our transfer activity,” Markevych underlined.

Currently the Ukrainian League is on hold because of the winter break and Markevych thinks that this gives a tiny advantage to Olympiakos. “Of course Olympiakos are 100% ready and they are in decent form. At the moment we are playing friendly games, therefore our opponents have a small advantage. Anyway, we have to give our best in order to proceed to the next round.”

Markevych determined to take on Olympiakos
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