Rangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard has revealed his excitement about facing Villarreal in the UEFA Europa League.
The Scottish side travelled to Spain on Wednesday and will face Villarreal on Thursday night and the manager isn’t he isn’t daunted by the challenge despite it being his debut in the competition as a manager and the club’s first appearance in seven years.
“We’re the underdogs in terms of opinion from outside,” said Gerrard, according to Daily Mail.
“But there is a quiet confidence inside the dressing-room to cause a shock and get out of the group.”
“We have two choices here – that we come and make the numbers up and just enjoy it, or do we actually fancy it and believe we can go and cause a few upsets?”
“This is where this football club should be. Not many gave us a chance to get this far and, if other teams want to write us off, that’s fine.”
The ex-Liverpool captain also revealed he enjoyed watching his old club’s win against French champions Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night but killed talk of taking any inspiration from the game, insisting his team must make their own history.
“That is perfect for me and my team-talk,” he said when told that 12 others had returned without victory.
“Villarreal are a very good team and I think they are in a false position in the league (14th). They spent £70million in the summer and that should excite my players, what a chance, go and give your best and see where it takes you.”