Keegan eyes Champions League glory with Bohs
Bohemians midfielder Paul Keegan is already looking forward to to their Uefa Champions League Second Round qualifier against Red Bull Salzburg in a fortnight’s time.
The League of Ireland champions were drawn against the Austrian champions for a two-legged tie next month with the first game being played in Red Bull Park on July 15th.
It is a massive game for Bohs and Keegan knows that it will be a difficult task to get past Huub Stevens’ side, but he cannot wait for the game to roll around.
Having played a key role in Drogheda United’s impressive run in the same competition last year, the 24-year-old knows exactly what is needed and thinks that Bohemians are well equipped to pull off a shock result.
"Playing against big teams like Salzburg is what European football is all about. You relish the chance to play against top players, so I’m looking forward to it," Keegan told loi.ie.
"I’m sure they will not know a lot about us, which suits us fine as we will go there and hopefully surprise them. They probably won’t be expecting a team from Ireland to be that good.
"It is all about approaching it with the right attitude and I think we will do that as we have Pat (Fenlon) who knows what is needed and players like Owen Heary, Glen Crowe, and Joseph Ndo, who have all played at a high level for the past few years.
"This is the best squad that I have ever been involved in. Anything can happen on the day, but if you have quality players, like we do, then it increases your chances of getting a positive result."
One of the things that pleased Keegan from the draw was that Salzburg were picked out as the home team for the first leg.
He believes that The Gypsies will travel over to Austria’s second city as underdogs and possibly escape with an away goal, which would boost their chances of reaching the next round.
"It is a huge plus that we are away for the first leg. They won’t be expecting much from us, so we can go there and play with confidence," said Keegan.
"If we were able to score an away goal, then that really opens the tie up. I’m sure they won’t want to concede, but we have good attacking players that can score all kinds of goals.
"These sort of games are usually sorted out by away goals, so playing away in the first leg gives us a great opportunity to take an early advantage and bring them back to Dalymount Park, where we should have a big crowd cheering us on."