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Michel: Olympiakos passion will create problems for Man Utd

Olympiakos boss Michel is confident his players will provide a massive challenge for Manchester United this week.

The Greek SuperLeague champions host the Red Devils in Athens in the Champions League Round of 16 first leg on Tuesday night and their Spanish boss believes the hunger and desire that got them through the group stage will be evident again when they meet the reigning Premier League winners.

"It is an advantage that a lot of our players do not have experience at this level," Michel told reporters.

"The passion and mood we displayed to get here will guide us and we can create problems for United.

"Of course experience counts, but we have the capability to overcome the lack of experience. With all due respect to United, we will do everything in our power, whatever is not forbidden."

The former Real Madrid midfielder added of David Moyes' side: "United are top class and I will not comment about United's form. What's definite is that we will see the best possible Olympiakos.

"The players are fully prepared. Our opponents are such a top club that we cannot afford to give less than 100 per cent. Our opponents are too big not to be at their best. We know what we can do.

"United cannot afford any mistakes given their position in the Premier League. This pressure may be a burden for the players.

"It may weigh too much on the players. We do not, however, know how it will affect their performance.

"We are in better shape than we were two months ago, [are] more experienced and have worked more and are better prepared. Our players are confident and psyched up."

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