'I don't see why we can't turn this tie around' - Derry City manager Declan Devine

Candystripes boss believes that his side is capable of scoring at least two goals against Trabzonspor at home in order to secure progression to the next round of the Europa League
Derry City manager Declan Devine believes that his team is capable of progressing to the next stage of the Europa League as they prepare to host Trabzonspor in the second leg of the second qualifying round.

The Candystripes could face a potential tie with Dinamo Minsk or Croatian outfit Lokomotiva Zagreb should they progress. However they currently trail the Turkish outfit by two goals after losing 4-2 in the first leg at the Huseyin Avni Aker Stadium, with David McDaid and Paddy Kavanagh notching the away goals for Derry. Nevertheless, Devine is confident that his players can turn the tie around and urged them to take "belief" from the match in Turkey.

"I don't see why we can't turn this tie around," he told the Derry Journal. "If we can score two goals in their backyard then we are capable of scoring two goals in our own.

"We know it is a huge ask but one thing the players can take out of the match last Thursday night is the belief that they can stand toe-to-toe with Trabzonspor."

Acknowledging the enormity of the task that awaits his side, Devine also called upon the club's fans to turn the Brandywell into "a cauldron of noise" in an attempt to intimidate Mustafa Resit Akcay's team.

"We're going to need everybody pulling in the one direction but hopefully the Brandywell will be a cauldron of noise," he said. "Let's hope we can make sure it's very intimidating for them coming into our backyard as it was for us going into theirs."

Furthermore, the Derry City boss compared the financial dichotomy between the clubs, noting that Trabzonspor were able to sign former Chelsea and France international Florent Malouda, and suggested that his team could "make history" by winning the tie.

He said: "We're minnows in terms of where they are as a club. They have a wage bill of $70 million a year - that's the equivalent of £1 million a week.

"They just signed Florent Malouda, so in terms of where they are as a club, they are on a different level than us. But the football pitch is a very level playing field.

"It's an opportunity for us to make history and I believe we are capable of going through if we all do our work in the right way," concluded Devine.

Derry City face Trabzonspor in the second leg of the Europa League second qualifying round on Thursday July 25. Kick off 19:45 BST.