Villarreal enter Tuesday´s Champions League qualifier second leg tie against Odense needing to win by least a two-goal margin to progress to the group stages, following Hans Henrik Andreasen´s goal in the shock1-0 defeat in Denmark last week.
Having lost just two of 41 European games at home, the Yellow Submarine remain firm favourites to make it into Friday´s draw in Monaco. However, boss Juan Carlos Garrido is not expecting an easy ride against the Danes:
Neither Garrido nor the 20,000 fans who will pack El Madrigal are thinking about the possibility their team might have to settle for a Europa League spot for the third consecutive season.: “What we need to do is make the best of what we have. The best result is one which takes us through, however it comes.” insisted Garrido, who has had his team training behind closed doors for the last two days. “The important thing is to make sure we have enough of the play to make goalscoring opportunities. That is what I have instilled into my players, to make chances, dominate our rivals and retain the ball.”
The Villarreal Coach is not expected to make too many alterations to his starting line-up from the first leg, although Marcos Senna could well start in favour of Carlos Marchena. In contrast, Odense boss Henrik Clausen could make several changes, with former Bolton Wanderers and Hull City full-back Bernard Mendy, striker Peter Utaka and centre-back Tore Reginiussen and all in contention for a place.
In their two previous participations in the Champions League under Manuel Pellegrini, Villarreal reached the semi-finals in 2005/06 and the quarter-finals in 2008/09, being knocked out by Arsenal on both occasions.