Schafer: Wolves have point to prove

BY foxsports • February 17, 2010

Villarreal have are languishing ninth in the Primera Division after a difficult season domestically, but the Bundesliga champions are doing significantly worse. The Wolves are facing the prospect of a relegation battle as they slip ever closer to the drop zone in the Bundesliga and Schafer admits the Europa League will be a welcome diversion. "We want to get some self-confidence that we have been lacking lately in the Bundesliga," he told the club's official website. "We also have a point to prove." Schafer is also confident the Wolves can play a lead role in Europe this season after only just missing out on progress to the Champions League last 16. "I think that if we play in Villarreal like we did at the weekend (a 2-1 defeat to leaders Bayer Leverkusen), then we have plenty of chances to reach the next round," added the Germany international. Villarreal go into the match (kick-off 6pm GMT) with renewed confidence having beaten Athletic Bilbao 2-1 at the weekend, giving new coach Juan Carlos Garrido his first victory in his second game in charge. That result lifted the ninth-placed Yellow Submarine to within six points of the European places in La Liga and came following a run of just one win in eight matches previously. Now they will be looking to build on that against a Wolfsburg side who have been in even worse form of late, although striker Joseba Llorente insists they cannot take anything for granted. "We know our opponents aren't going through their best moment, but they are very dangerous," he said. "They are a team with dangerous players up front and at home they are going to be very strong. For that we must try and get a good result (tomorrow). Hopefully we will be able to decide the tie, but it will be difficult." Villarreal will again be without injured Spain international Santi Cazorla, while Argentinian centre-back Gonzalo Rodriguez was on Tuesday ruled out for around three weeks with a thigh problem. Wolfsburg goalkeeper Andre Lenz will grit his teeth and play through the pain barrier once again since first-choice goalkeeper Diego Benaglio is still injured.

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