Dundalk will respect Jeunesse Esch, insists Kenny

The Lilywhites boss is looking forward to his side's European clash in Luxembourg and says that it is a reward for their finish in 2013
Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny insists that his team will respect their Europa League opponents Jeunesse Esch.

The Lilywhites, who qualified for the competition after finishing second in the Premier Division in 2013, play the first leg of the first qualifying round tie at Stade de la Frontiere on Tuesday.

Speaking ahead of the game, Kenny revealed that, while his players would not alter their playing style against Jeunesse, they would show them respect.

"We will go there with confidence but we respect Jeunesse," he told the club's official website.

"They finished well in Luxembourg last season and are a good side. We will prepare well and we will continue to play the way we are used to.

"We don’t have to modify our style, unlike some other league of Ireland sides of the past so we can play our natural game and get a result."

Dundalk's previous European endeavour came in 2010, which saw them pitted against another Luxembourg side, Grevenmacher, before crashing out of the competition with an 8-0 aggregate defeat against Levski Sofia.

Nevertheless, Kenny was keen to emphasise how far the club had come since being on the brink in 2012.

"This is a great experience for the club," said the former Derry City boss.

"This is for all the people who kept the club alive back in 2012 and it shows just how far we have come in such a short space of time that we have got this far.

"We qualified based on our season last year and we have to justify that."

Dundalk take on Jeunesse Esch on Tuesday, July 1. Kick off 16:45 BST.