Marsch: "Villarreal is a super team"

The Salzburg coach was full of praise for the Spanish club in the preview of the first leg of the Europa League round of 32: "They are very strong."


Red Bull Salzburg coach Jesse Marsch called Villarreal, his rival in the round of 32 of the Europa League, a "super team" that plays very well and has few weak points. "It is a very strong team, a super team, they play very well, defend and attack well," said the American coach at the press conference prior to the game, despite the poor streak of the yellow submarine, which comes from losing against him. Betis in the League. Regarding the losses in the starting defenders, André Ramalho due to suspension and Maximilian Wöber due to injury, the American coach showed his confidence in his two available centrals, Solet, Vallci, as well as in the versatile midfielder Mwepu, who can play as a defender.

"We have three options for the center of the defense, and they are: either Solet and Vallci together, or Mwepu in a central position, or all three together in a line of three. I think all three are ready to play and what important is that they offer a good performance tomorrow ", assured the coach. The American coach predicted a strong match, where to assert his options his team will have to impose its aggressiveness and pressure. For Marsch, the Yellow Submarine has "very few weak points" and although he pointed out that the team led by Unai Emery received many goals in recent games, he blamed it on the "high level" of the Spanish League. The first leg will be played this Thursday at 9:00 p.m. at the Red Bull Arena in Salzburg, something that Marsch does not consider important. "It doesn't matter to play the first leg at home, the important thing is to start well, score early, the boys are aware that he is a great rival and they want to face him," said the coach.

The Austrian side makes their Europa League debut this season, after failing to make it past the group stage of the Champions League, where they faced European giants such as Atlético de Madrid and Bayern Munich. It is the tenth time that the red bulls play this competition, with their best result being the round of 16 of the 2018/2019 campaign. Asked if they are able to repeat this result, the team captain, Andreas Ulmer, was cautious and preferred to think "match by match". "Let's see what happens, it would be very nice to win an international title," said the Austrian defender.

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