Odemwingie out to prove Lille
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Peter Odemwingie has warned that Lille have what it takes to knock Man Utd out of Europe.
Peter Odemwingie has warned Manchester United that Lille have what it takes to knock them out of the UEFA Champions League.
The French side host Sir Alex Ferguson's men in the first leg of their last 16 encounter next Tuesday before the return match at the start of March.
Despite lacking the big names of United, Odemwingie says Lille will be out to prove they can match the Premiership giants over the two games.
"We may not have the fat bank accounts like United players, but in order to show we deserve the money they are getting, we have to kick them out," Odemwingie told The Sun.
"We are ready for anything. Names don't really count in football. We play more like a team and do not beg for recognition.
"We have quality players who have the experience to face the likes of (Cristiano) Ronaldo, (Wayne) Rooney and (Rio) Ferdinand.
"We have a younger team with strong players, who are ready to prove a point.
"They may have some of the best players on the continent but we will not look at credentials when we meet. We beat Milan 2-0 in our last match - so playing United is no big deal."
The war of words between the two sides is already underway, and Odemwingie believes Lille have a coach in Claude Puel that is as tactically sound as Ferguson.
He added: "I know the game will involve more than just field play. Psychology will be one of them and Lille are a club with character.
"We change our tactics in every match depending on the situation. I will say our coach Claude Puel holds the aces here.
"Alex Ferguson is an institution but we also have good coaches who have what it takes to confront the legend.
"With a good display the return leg in England on March 6 will be a formality."