Elimination no failure for Levante

Levante’s Juanlu has reflected that elimination from the Europa League qualifying round would not be a failure for his club.

Los Granotes’ surprise sixth place finish last season earned them a first ever go in European competition.

However, going into the qualifying round against Motherwell this week, to play for a place in the group stages of the Europa League, midfielder Juanlu has reassured that losing would not be a failure for the club.

“It would be a failure to go down to the Segunda Division. Right now, we would exchange an early elimination to stay up, this is what motivates us,” warned the 32-year-old to reporters at the airport, as the players travelled out to Scotland for Thursday’s first leg.

“We’d love to return to Spain with a 0-2 or 0-3 and the tie be resolved, so that the Ciudad de Valencia is a party next week.

“But, it will be difficult because they too will be strong for their fans and will have the same desire as us.

“European competition has been a long wait and it’s time for the moment of truth. We’re going to enjoy it.

“It’s a gift and a prize. It would be a party for all our staff if we were to play against teams like Liverpool or Inter.”

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