Marcelino: A chance to make history

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Villarreal manager Marcelino García Toral is expecting a memorable evening as his side prepares to host Liverpool for the first leg of their Europa League semi-final.

The Yellow Submarine welcome the Reds to El Madrigal on Thursday, and Marcelino is excited at the prospect of facing the English giants, and potentially earning a place in the final.

"Liverpool might be the favourite," he said. "The club, their history and the fact that they knocked out Borussia Dortmund all add up, but we don't consider ourselves to be less than. We are going to give everything from our side to eliminate this legendary team.

"We don't have any pressure on us. I'm really satisfied with and grateful to this squad for getting to this semi-final. We are very hopeful and convinced that we are capable of beating Liverpool, and all the while we'll be enjoying the occasion.

"We are privileged to be able to play in this semi-final. I felt more pressure in the previous knockout ties. We have the chance to make history at this club now. If we manage to enjoy the match and do the things we know how to do I think they're going to suffer a lot at our ground.

"Liverpool are a very good team, with extraordinary players that play to a high intensity. They possess a great counterattack and pressure a lot too, they're not going to give us any room to play.

"We have to search for ways to get past their first line of pressure. It will definitely be a great game. In general, we have a similar style of play to them."