Escriba: No need to go crazy against Monaco

Villarreal manager Fran Escriba has urged his team to keep their composure in Tuesday night's Champions League qualifier against Monaco.

The Yellow Submarine face the daunting task of needing to score at least twice at Stade Louis II in order to progress to Europe's elite club competition.

The principality managed a 2-1 victory over Villarreal in the reverse fixture, gaining not only a win but also scoring two away goals, heaping pressure on their opponents for the upcoming tie.

"We believe it's essential not to go crazy thinking we have to score early, or we have to score twice," AS reports the coach as saying.

"There are 90 minutes to score two goals. We have variants to deal with this game," he continued. "The goal that brings us closer to qualification can come at any time. We're prepared to take a step forward if necessary.

"We can't make mistakes. If we are able to minimise errors and optimise our definition, we have a lot of chance of qualification.

"This is a group with experienced players so it's easier to deal with games like this. We've players who've played the Champions League or Europa League and know how to deal with it.

"Alexandre Pato has come to be a major player. He's been extraordinary and he will be with us. He's still not in optimal form but when he is, he can contribute a lot," the 51-year-old coach concluded.

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