Villarreal boss Juan Carlos Garrido believes his side can win this year’s Europa League title.Garrido’s side host Twente in the first leg of a quarter-final on Thursday, with the match pitting the third placed side in La Liga against the Eredivisie table-toppers.
Villarreal have been in terrific form in this year’s competition, disposing of Napoli and Bayer Leverkusen in the last two rounds and Garrido is hopeful their form will continue.
“We’re strong enough to achieve success here, so I’ve asked my players to do their best to win this competition,” Garrido said.
“It’s easy to say, but we’re demanding our utmost in an attempt to win a trophy.”
“The match will be very balanced and close, it’ll be decided by small details. Everyone is very motivated, everyone knows the importance of this game and we’re looking for a positive outcome from the first leg.”
“We’re facing a great team that’s first in the Dutch league and in great form. We respect them and we know their qualities.”
Villarreal midfielder Borja Valero feels his side should qualify from the tie, but is wary of what to expect from their Dutch opponents.
“We have full confidence that we’ll qualify,” Valero said.
“Our belief is the same as it would be if we were playing Milan. We’re focused on giving everything and getting into the semi-finals.”
“We expect a tough, complicated match, where hopefully we’ll get a positive result and score without conceding.”
“The Dutch style is all about good football, with lots of touches on the ball and movement. It’ll be difficult to control play, but we’ll try to impose our brand of football.”
Twente are also well aware of what their opponents can produce, with defender Douglas dubbing the Spaniards as favourites as the build-up to the match continues.
“Villarreal are the favourites. They’re a big club who’ve been playing on the European stage for 10 years,” Douglas said.
“I’ve seen Villarreal a couple of times and they play the same style as Barcelona. They try to find solutions through good football. Their two strikers (Giuseppe) Rossi and Nilmar are especially dangerous and we’ll have to watch them closely.”
“Villarreal have very good players. They’re almost all internationals, with a few exceptions. But we also have quality. We try to play football and we’re not afraid of anyone.”