Twente's Michel Preud'homme And Theo Janssen Not Looking Forward To Zenit St. Petersburg

Twente are not looking forward to a second trip to freezing Russia to face Zenit in the next round of the Europa League...
After eventually overcoming Rubin Kazan in the Europa League, Twente coach Michel Preud'homme has stressed the importance of Theo Janssen's strike on the stroke of half-time, just as the Russians threatened to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg in Moscow.

The second leg finished 2-2 in the Netherlands, meaning Twente progressed 4-2 on aggregate to set up a clash with Russian champions Zenit St. Petersburg in the next round.

"All's well that ends well. I am happy we achieved good results. Initially we had a hard time but then we levelled the game. Rubin's two goals acted as a cold shower, but the goal before the break was very important for us," Preud'homme commented in the post-match press conference.

"Zenit are a very strong team, somewhat stronger than Rubin as they are the Russian champions. When I was in charge of Standard [Liege] I met Zenit and they are a very strong outfit."

Theo Janssen spoke about the prospect of another freezing trip to the east of Europe and the possibility of lining up against former team-mate Danko Lazovic on the more natural turf of the Petrovsky stadium in St. Petersburg.

"The prospect of meeting with former team-mates, especially in cold Russia, is obviously not that exciting. I would say playing on the natural turf in St. Petersburg is now not a positive thing. I am sure there is no grass and in this case it would be better to play on the synthetic in comparison with bare earth," the Twente midfielder explained.

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