‘Villarreal were in the Segunda…’

Mario Gaspar is amazed at how far Villarreal have come in a few years as they prepare for a Europa League quarter-final first leg.

Sparta Prague provide the opposition for the Yellow Submarine, with Coach Marcelino calling for El Madrigal to be packed with home fans.

“We are all very motivated because when these opportunities present themselves they should be exploited,” Spain international Mario told a Press conference, the club’s official website reports, recalling the 2011 semi-final against Porto.

“You don’t know when these chances will return. A short time ago we were playing in the Segunda and to be able to fight for a semi-final makes us very excited. We have to seize this opportunity.

“We have to be ambitious and go for everything. We’ve done a tremendous job for many months and we have earned the right to fight for everything.

“It will be a very demanding tie. Sparta come after eliminating the favourites in prior rounds. Hopefully we can make a great game and get a good result.”

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