Garrido motivated and optimistic ahead of Villarreal’s challenging Champions League group stage


Juan Carlos Garrido has spoken openly of the task that his Villarreal team face to qualify from the Champions League group stages.

Facing Bayern Munich on Wednesday, the Yellow Submarine have also been drawn alongside Napoli and Manchester City in the competition’s perceived ‘group of death’, Group A.

In preparing for El Madrigal’s opening fixture – the visit of the Germans this week – Garrido followed Cristian Zapata’s earlier messagethat the team carries belief and a work ethic into the tournament.

“Playing in this competition is the greatest stimulus that exists in football today. We could do well, even though we know we have a difficult group with teams among the best in the world today, said Garrido at the pre-match Press conference on Tuesday.

“This is the Champions League, and if you want something, you have to fight a great deal for it.”

Garrido, who becomes the first Coach from Valencia to lead a team into the Champions League, looked ahead to Wednesday’s opponents Bayern Munich:

“Bayern are playing with great energy at the moment. We face quality players and must bring our strengths to a game where defence will be the key.

“We must fight for every ball and work with the fans to aid our struggle. If we can combine that ability to fight with the quality in the penalty area we have, we can pick up three points.”

Garrido pointed towards the importance that a win would have for the team’s capacity to progress into the knockout stages:

“We will have to work hard because it is a vital game in the group stages. Securing three points would be a major blow to the rest of the group, and make it clear that we are capable of qualifying.”

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