WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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CRAIG Harrison says that the roles will be reversed when The New Saints face Cyprus champions APOEL in their Champions League second qualifying round first leg tie on Tuesday.

The reigning Welsh Premier champions cruised through their first round tie against minnows Tre Penne from San Marino with a 5-1 aggregate win.

But the TNS director of football is braced for a tougher test against APEOL, who have reached the Champions League group stages three times previously.

"They've dominated their league for a long period of time," Harrison said.

"We're going to have to make sure we're organised, disciplined, defend well but are still a threat going forward."

Meanwhile, recent appointed manager of the visitors, Thomas Christiansen, isn't expecting a "British kick and rush" style of play.

"We have analysed the team and know what they can offer," he says.

"We saw them in the first round against Tre Penne, and it will be difficult.

"There are other circumstances like the artificial grass, and of course this is a small handicap for us, but I don't want to use excuses, we have to live with it.

"What I expect from the team is to take the game serious, go 100 per cent and try and do our best performance, and I am sure we will have a good result, but it won't be easy.

"This is perhaps their biggest game of the season to qualify for the next round.

"We have seen that they are a good team, they surprised me because they want to play, they want to play from behind and have players of quality.

"British football is a little bit more kick and rush, but here they have players of quality."

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24 September 2017

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