Ryan upbeat about European chances

Club Brugge goalkeeper Mat Ryan says his side is confident it can get on top of Dnipro away after a 0-0 result in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League quarter-final.

The first leg at the Jan Breydel Stadium on Thursday finished 0-0 against the Ukrainian side, with Ryan called on to make some crucial saves.

The return leg is on April 23 in Kiev.

“We knew at this stage of the competition it was going to be a difficult match whoever we played,” Ryan told FourFourTwo.

“Both sides had chances, [0-0] is probably fair result in the end. It was important we didn't concede and now we can go there next week and hopefully get on the scoresheet.”

The Australian 'keeper believes his Club Brugge team-mates won’t be intimidated by playing in the Ukraine after an amazing Europa League run which has included wins away in Turkey, Denmark and Finland.

“Well I've never been there but that's what I'm assuming [it will be tough],” he said.

“But they don't play at their actual stadium so I hope we can take advantage of that. Also surely couldn't be any more daunting than 70,000 Besiktas fans.”

Ryan admits he had to check an Atlas after the Socceroos were this week drawn with Jordan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh in Group B in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

But the 23-year old says Australia won’t be complacent when it starts on the path to Russia.

“Some countries I hadn't even heard of to be honest,” Ryan said.
“Jordan have always been a difficult opponent and we have to pay respect to all the other opponents because it's when you start to get complacent is when you get into trouble.

“So starting with our first match in June we'll be looking to start with a win and more importantly deliver a dominant performance.”

Ryan, who is enjoying a terrific season for club and country, won’t be asking for a break from Socceroos duty for the second round of World Cup qualification.

“I'll never take any football match for granted,” he said.

“Careers in sport are only so long so as long as I am fit I am available for every match."