West Ham's opponents in the UEFA Cup have admitted that West Ham were the team they wanted to avoid. On the club's website the coach, Francesco Guidolin, said,
"It will be really hard. I was certainly expecting a better draw."
Club captain Eugenio Corini also admitted that they face a tough game,
"It will surely be a good away match even if we have been paired with the most difficult opponents of the ones that were in the pot.
West Ham, like all English sides, are surely a tough, physically strong team. To get through the round Palermo will need to show real quality.
The only thing that could give us the chance of qualification is maybe the fact that we will play the second leg at home."