Adelaide United and Villarreal - The Footballing World

Adelaide United vs Villarreal – Preview

Isaias and Osama Malik of Adelaide United with Bruno Soriano and Antonio Rukavina of Villarreal, along with both Coaches Josep Gombau and Marcelino

The Coopers Stadium will see Adelaide United host Villarreal in a friendly match as part of the LFP World Challenge at 11:00 (GMT) on Friday.

Adelaide finished fourth in the Australian A-League in the season just gone with 46 points, while Villarreal, who will play another friendly in Australia on Wednesday against Brisbane Roar, secured automatic qualification to next term’s UEFA Europa League group stage after finishing sixth in the Spanish La Liga with 60 points.

Villarreal manager Marcelino Garcia explained at the pre-match press conference that his side have travelled to Australia with the intention of offering a good image of Spanish football and entertainment for the fans.

“We seek victory, but at the same time, make it an enjoyable party for all,” he said.

“We are so far enjoying this experience and this country, but we know we have to play two games and we want to give a good image.

“We want to be competitive, because we know that our opponent will be and we are obliged to try to play well and put on a show.”

Adelaide boss Josep Gombau said that it was a real privilege to compete against a top Spanish team in the form of Villarreal.

He said: “It is an honor to play with a team like Villarreal and that they’ve come to play a game in our town, on our pitch.

“We have already seen this season what is capable of Villarreal, and the truth is that they have had a great season.

“We want to show Australian football and the growth we’ve had in this country, as it’s a game that can be seen in Spain and that is a great motivation to play well.”

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