BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport
Towering defender Benedikt Rocker has warned Hibs that Brondby are on a mission to continue their blistering form after racking up an aggregate scoreline of 15-0 from their last four fixtures.
The Danish giants have made a blistering start to the season under new boss Alexander Zorniger, putting 10 goals past Icelandic side Valur over two legs in the previous round of the Europa League.
A Kamil Wilczek goal then saw off the Hibees at Easter Road, before they kicked off the Superliga season on Sunday with an impressive 4-0 win over Esbjerg, who included ex-Hibs midfielder Victor Palsson in their ranks.
With Brondby yet to concede a competitive goal under Zorniger, there is little doubt about the magnitude of the task facing the capital club as they seek to overturn a 1-0 deficit.
And the former Stuttgart stopper has told Hibs that the Danes’ confidence is sky-high ahead of tomorrow’s clash in the outskirts of Copenhagen.
Rocker said: “We have been on a very good run of form and it must be our objective to deliver the same performance against Hibs. The latest results have given us the confidence to do that.
“We have seen that when we defend and attack as a team, then we have the ability to score goals and keep clean sheets – making life difficult for the opposition.
“We have a clear goal to move on to the next round, but if that is to happen, then we need to deliver 100 per cent on the pitch, as we know Hibs will come out and try to chase a goal.
“The match in Edinburgh was intense, played at a fast pace with a few tough individual battles. We expect the same type of game at Brondby Stadium and it will be a tough test.
“But if we prepare properly and are focused, as we have ben in previous matches – with our fans at our back – I am convinced that we can advance to the next round.”