Santi Cazorla, Robert Pires and Diego Godin have been doing the talking lately, confident of their team’s chances in the first leg of their Champions League quarter final against Arsenal.
Firstly, Santi Cazorla, who is out for the rest of the season with an injury suffered this weekend, is “convinced that they are going to beat Arsenal”.
Then Diego Godin is as confident as his team-mate saying “I’m sure that we will have a great game on Tuesday”. Talk of confidence and determination!
“Arsenal are coming here in good form, but, aside from this latest result, we were also playing well.
“This team is ready to recover and I’m sure that we will have a great game on Tuesday. We are determined to turn the situation around and we need not be pessimistic because we have a great team.”
Former Arsenal star Robert Pires also spoke as the first leg draws near and just like his other team-mates is confident of success:
“It will be the first time I’ve played against them.
“We are teams with contrasting styles but also with top-quality players. It’s not the best thing to be playing the return leg away from home but if we perform like we have in the past we can get through.
“If I’m lucky enough to score I know that I won’t celebrate, simply as a gesture of respect to a club, and their fans, which have meant so much in my career.”
Pires also urged Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas to stay at the club. Check that story out here
However, Villareal manager Manuel Pelligrini was more realistic with his comments. He was not “sure” or “convinced” that they will progress:
“Progressing should be more than important than the spirit of revenge.
“We know they play fast and different football but that doesn’t make it better. We will have to wait and see if we can surpass them this time.
“That meeting was three years ago and now everything is different. We have different teams, different players and different times.”
I bet deep down inside they all fear Arsenal! The way we have been playing lately even Barca would fear us! Arsenal’s squad at the moment is one of the toughest in Europe and fully capable of winning the Champions League. We will be without Arshavin but Nasri will be back to fill the void and otherwise the team was perfect on Saturday. The problem for Arsene Wenger now will not be injuries but it will be who to select! The squad is now overflowing with ‘fit’, talented players!