Bohemians manager Pat Fenlon knows fully well the tough time they can expect when they take to the pitch against Olimpija Ljubjana on Thursday evening as the Northsiders get their European campaign under way.
Fenlon managed Shelbourne in 2003 when they travelled to the previous incarnation of Olimpija, who were dissolved due to debt the following year.
“It will be a tough game for us. The last time we were there I remember it was very warm,” Fenlon said.
The forecast is for a hot and humid night in Slovenia and the Olimpija fans are likely to make it a hostile atmosphere for Ireland’s most successful club in Europe.
Though ranked over 100 places below Bohs in UEFA’s ranking the PrvaLiga side are firm favourites going into the fixture.
Realistically Bohemians will view Thursday’s match as one for damage limitation and hope to come away with a result that can be built upon when the Olimpija visit Dublin.
The side includes a number of Slovenian internationals including Dare Vrsic who was in the squad for the 2010 World Cup.
There are also more recent call ups and several U21 and U19 internationals so it is a young, quality side.
Fenlon has an almost fully strength squad except for goalkeeper Chris O’Connor who is out with a facial injury leaving the experienced Barry Murphy to deputise.
Owen Heary, Mark Rossiter and Glenn Cronin are carrying knocks but are all expected to be fit to play.
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