Date: 23rd July 2015 at 4:47pm
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Aberdeen would, whatever spin you put on it, be expected to see off the challenge of Rijeka tonight to advance into the next round of qualification in the Europa League but, once again, Derek McInnes has reiterated the danger of taking them lightly.

Rijeka might be three-down to the Dons going into this Europa League qualifier second leg but McInnes knows the Croatian side have enough about them to score three goals.

This is something they managed on Sunday in a Croatian league game and as such, based on that and the European record in recent years, he’s told the BBC they must be ‘respected’ and nothing taken for granted.

‘They are more than capable of scoring three goals. They scored three goals in the league game on Sunday.

‘They have shown that. Their pedigree in European competition over the last few seasons is there to be respected.’

It was a stunning win in Croatia but as McInnes highlights they’ve got goals in them, the thing is though they might have scored three goals against Slaven Belupo but they also conceded three in a three-three draw as well!

So we’ve got to look to capitalise on defensive weakness too….

We’re in a strong position, of course, but we’re not in a position to assume this is a case of ‘job done’ before the second leg at Pittodrie, with him adding.

‘We are in a very strong position as the scoreline suggests, but it would be wrong for us to think that the job is done.

‘There’s still work to be done so there will be an approach from us similar to the first tie, which was trying to deny good players of quality real opportunities.’

McInnes went onto say that he’s not even given our possible next qualifying round opponents a thought as to do that assumes this tie is down as one we’ve accepted is won, he refuses to do this!


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