Inter Milan’s final training before taking on Hajduk Split on Thursday night
Hajduk’s young guns aim to write their own page in the club’s century-old history today as the Bijeli take on Serie A giants Inter in the first leg of the Europa League’s third qualifying round in front of a sold-out Poljud stadion.
Buoyed by the fervent support of 35,000 fans, and thousands of other Splicani who were unable to get their hands on a prized ticket, Mišo Krstičević’s young squad enter the game with a carefree, “nothing-to-lose” attitude and the belief the 2010 European Champions can be beaten.
The Nerazzuri have only recently begun their preparations for the coming season, while Hajduk has already played four meaningful matches. At the same time, Inter is in the middle of a painful overhaul, having already parted ways with aging veterans such as Lucio and Diego Forlan. Many more players from the club’s recent glory days, including defender Maicon and goalkeeper Julio Cesar, are also said to be on their way out of Milan.
No doubt echoing the sentiment of the entire squad, Hajduk ace Ante Vukušić has called today’s game the biggest of his career. Vukušić is the owner of the most memorable goal in Hajduk’s recent history – a last minute winner against Anderlecht in the club’s 2010 Europa League campaign.
Vukušić’s clinical finish in game one of Hajduk’s two-game tie against Latvia’s Skonto also paved the way for Hajduk to advance to the tournament’s third qualifying round.
Hajduk press conference
Needless to say, legions of Hajduk fans around the world are hoping Vukušić can generate one more memorable moment for the storied club.
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