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Wouters: 'It will be a very tough game for us' (

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Jan Wouters and goalkeeper Gomes looked ahead at the game at the traditional press conference on Tuesday night, prior to the last training. Wouters said he did not think he would feel intimidated by the raucous home crowd. 'When I was a player, I was extra motivated by this kind of atmosphere.'

'It will be a very tough game for us, but the same goes for Fenerbahçe', said Gomes in Istanbul. 'We are convinced we will put in a commanding display on Wednesday night. It is a crucial game, but not a decisive one yet. I think we will not know what teams have reached the next round until after matchday 6. We think we'll stand a fair chance of reaching the knock-out phase, just like we did the past two seasons. We face an uphill battle against a strong team, but, again, we stand a chance to get a fair result. It's a shame we failed to claim a win at home, but we feel confident we'll make amends tomorrow night.'

'We have to score a goal here', said Jan Wouters. 'A 1-1 draw or any other draw would benefit us on head-to-head record. Fenerbahçe will be roared on by the vociferous home crowd, but that may prove to be counterproductive. When I was a player, I was extra motivated by this kind of atmosphere. It stimulated me to silence the crowd. There will be a terrific atmosphere around Sükrü Saraçoglu Stadium and we should go out and enjoy ourselves', said Wouters, who added he had consulted Ronald Koeman and Tonny Bruins Slot. 'Even when we suffer defeat, we still have a chance to reach the next phase, but then we will be dependent on the result of the other group match. Anything is possible, but we have to be careful and keep possession for a long time and start moves at the right time.'