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Grilled Birds may have scraped into the last thirty-two of the Golden Trophy, but Hilal Bakhtiar
would freely admit that he was not expecting much, "There are some very big names left, without going into how Shiawase absolutely owned our group to begin with. I will settle for more good basics from the team."
Odds certainly look slim against in-form Dutch Eredivisie representatives Schwalbe S.V., who won Group D with a 6-1 thrashing of Denmark's MS Odense. Portuguese Super Liga side and former national champions Dødskallen Hevn didn't make it through that group, after they conceded a walkover to German IV.52 club Gelus Lords.
Bakhtiar recognized that Schwalbe were a team with few weaknesses, and that Grilled would have to be near their very best, to stand a chance. "They have so much quality all over, that former Dutch international Volkert van Vleuten is arguably one of their weaker links currently. Their wings are particularly strong, with Boeri and Zumbühl supplying the runs. But hey, we are always up for a challenge."