Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Martin Jol has revealed that he feels Aston Villa will pose the toughest test for his SV Hamburg team, after being drawn against the Premier League side in the same UEFA Cup group on Tuesday.
Jol, who took over at the Bundesliga pacesetters this summer after being sacked by Spurs last season feels that while the other sides in Group F, Ajax, Slavia Prague and MSK Zilina are good teams. It is the Villans that are favourites to top the group in his eyes, with the sides due to meet at the HSH Nordbank Arena on December 17th.
Jol told the club's official website: “Ajax are a great team, Aston Villa are for me the top favourites in the group.
“Slavia Prague are current champions and have strengthened and MSK Zilina are a very compact team who sit second in the Slovakian league table. We are looking forward to these matches.”
Rothosen sporting director Dietmar Beiersdorfer has conceded that while it is a tough draw for Hamburg he expects them to make the top three and qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament.
He said: “It is definite that we will have to call on all our reserves in order to make it to the next round.
“But we have recently acquired a lot of self-belief. so we will achieve this goal.”