Paul Hewson: European football excites me
Paul Hewson: "We have a very early start to the season this year with Europa League qualifiers coming our way. Despite starting our competitive football a few weeks before we usually do, I am confident that we have been able to prepare properly for this tie and that we can play to the best of our potential. Match fitness will not be an issue, I can guarantee that.
The prospect of playing European football excites me, and I can't wait to start our European campaign. People say that the Europa League is 'unimportant' or 'the poor man's trophy', but it is still a massive, massive competition. When you look at the teams who have won it in the past, such as Liverpool, Milan, Bayern, Inter, Zenit, Atletico, etc, there are some fantastic teams competing in this competition. It is still European football and it is still a major competition, and I am delighted to be taking part in it.
Our first opponent is SV Ried. As a manager, I did as much research on what they are about, how they play, and who plays for them. They are a very good side from Austria and we will certainly not get complacent, just because we are a team from the English Premier Division. They got in to the competition at the same stage as us and they will be treated as our equals in that regard. There are no easy ties in this competition, but I can guarantee that my team will put 110% in to every game."