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Mendes warns of tough Euro test

Rangers midfielder Pedro Mendes
Mendes says Rangers face a battle to progress from their group

Rangers midfielder Pedro Mendes has warned supporters not to underestimate the club's Champions League opponents.

The Ibrox outfit have been drawn to face Sevilla, Stuttgart and Romanian champions Unirea Urziceni in Group G.

"We could've been drawn against bigger clubs but the teams we will face will still be very tough," Mendes told the Rangers website.

"We know that Sevilla and Stuttgart will be very strong. I think it will be a very competitive group."

Mendes conceded that he knew little about the Romanians, but said he was looking forward to facing all three sides in Group G.

"We have to look forward to the games and if we prepare ourselves well, which I'm sure we will, we'll be ready for the challenges ahead, anything is possible," the Portuguese added.

Mendes said he knew Sevilla "very well" and will come up against former Spurs team-mate Freddie Kanoute.

"Freddie is a terrific striker, very powerful, skilful and he can score goals," said the Rangers midfielder.

"He's now one of the top forwards in Spain, a fantastic player.

"We'll have to watch him but all over the pitch Sevilla are strong and I look forward to facing them.

"The main thing will be the home games anyway, they will be massive for us."

Rangers chief executive Martin Bain said everyone at Ibrox was looking forward to the group games.


"Sevilla are Uefa Cup winners twice in the last five years," he said.

"Stuttgart have now qualified for the Champions League three times and each time have been drawn to face Rangers. We beat them at Ibrox and lost in Germany on both occasions.

"So, hopefully we can go one better this time."

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see also
Rough guide to Group G
27 Aug 09 |  Rangers
British clubs avoid Euro giants
27 Aug 09 |  Europe

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