Sergei Rebrov believes Champions League inexperience accounted for Dynamo Kiev’s failure to beat Porto on matchday one, but says his side has worked hard ahead of Tuesday’s visit to Maccabi Tel Aviv.
The Ukrainian champion returned to Europe’s elite competition after a two-year absence with a creditable 2-2 draw with Portuguese giant Porto earlier this month. It could have been better for Kiev, which took the lead through Oleg Husyev, but ultimately it was left thankful to a late leveller from Vitaliy Buyalsky.
Head coach Rebrov now takes his side to the Sammy Ofer Stadium in search of what would be a crucial three points in a difficult Group G that also includes English champion Chelsea. And Kiev travels in high spirits having beaten Hoverla 2-0 on Saturday to maintain an unbeaten start to its Ukrainian Premier League campaign.
Tel Aviv’s return to the Champions League after an 11-year absence did not end well as it was routed 4-0 at Chelsea. The Israeli club followed that with a 2-1 home defeat to Hapoel Ra’anana, but heads into the contest against Dynamo on the back of a morale boosting 2-0 victory over Maccabi Haifa.