First team

Frankie: We're Ready for Anything

30 August 2023

Frankie McAvoy says Hearts are prepared for whatever lies in wait for them at the Toumba Stadium tomorrow night.


The Jambos are in Thessaloniki for the second leg of our UECL tie with PAOK, with the Jambos looking to overturn a 2-1 defeat in the first match – with the promises of a spot in the group stage of the Conference League group stages up for grabs.


A boisterous atmosphere and humid conditions presents challenges for Hearts, but the Head Coach is confident the men in maroon will rise to the occasion after doing their homework.


"You've got to be respectful to the conditions that you're going to face,” he told the media ahead of the game.


“That's why we travelled a day early; to get them accustomed to it. The good news for us is that the pitch is fully in the shade. We've dealt with warm conditions before so we're prepared the best we can.


"We're prepared for every eventuality. We have a group that knows what needs to be done. We know that we're facing a really tough opponent, and they showed how good a team they were last week at Tynecastle. I didn't think there was a lot in the game at all. The tie is far from dead and finished - and sometimes underdogs can win.


"They have extremely talented wide players and are very good on the counter. Our players are as motivated as ever. We had a bad day at the weekend but that's out of our system.”