Yellow Submarine hope to sink Zagreb

BY foxsports • September 15, 2010

Villarreal begin their Europa League campaign against Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday full of confidence after a win over Espanyol at the weekend.

The Yellow Submarine had started their domestic season with a disappointing 1-0 defeat at promoted Real Sociedad but they bounced back from that loss in style with a 4-0 mauling of Espanyol on Sunday.

That has put them in good spirits ahead of their trip to Croatia, with Spain international Santi Cazorla saying: "The good feelings have returned, especially after the first goal. From then on we started to play and we felt very comfortable."

Turing his thoughts to the rest of the season and their opening Europa League match, Cazorla added: "It would be a dream to win a title but we must take it game by game without getting too carried away.

"It would be important to start off with a win in the Europa League, but it will not be easy at all. If we are at the level that we hope to be then we can get through to the next phase."

Regarding tomorrow's encounter at the Maksimir stadium, he said: "The atmosphere that they have there is very nice to experience, although once you are on the pitch you forget about the surroundings and it shouldn't have affect our performance."

Villarreal coach Juan Carlos Garrido has taken a 19-man squad with him to Zagreb, with midfielder Cristobal not included as he is suspended after being sent off in the second leg of the Europa League play-off against Dnepr Mogilev,

Five-time reigning Croatian champions Dinamo, who have taken part in the UEFA Cup/Europa League for the last three seasons, have had a decent start to the defence of their domestic title, winning four of their opening seven matches and losing just once.

That has left Vahid Halilhodzic's side in third place in the standings, two points behind leaders Rijeka.

Dinamo, who are without defender Leonard Mesaric through suspension for the visit of Villarreal, began their European adventure in the preliminary rounds of Champions League but were knocked out on penalties by Moldovan side Sheriff at the third qualifying stage.

Brazilian midfielder Sammir has enjoyed a fine start to the campaign, netting 10 goals in his side's 26 goals in all competitions so far.

Kick-off is at 6pm (BST).

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