EUROPA LEAGUE

Marcelo Bielsa has dismissed the notion that Athletic Bilbao will be able to take it easy on Thursday night, as he confirms his Europa League starting XI.
President Quico Catalan claims his Levante team ‘will be flying’ when they take on Helsingborgs in the Europa League on Thursday.
Ander Iturraspe and Oscar De Marcos believe that Fernando Llorente will receive a good reception from Athletic Bilbao’s fans this Thursday.
Midfielder Miguel Pallardo hopes that the early-season enthusiasm for Levante’s Europa League participation will help them continue in the competition.
Athletic Bilbao could include Iker Muniain in their Europa League squad for this Thursday’s game, after his return to training today.
Radamel Falcao won't feature for Atletico Madrid against Hapoel Tel-Aviv, but Juanfran insists the squad is good enough to cope.
Athletic Bilbao’s Iker Muniain and Inigo Perez will likely miss the Basques’ opening Europa League group match in midweek through injury.
Levante have completed the signing of Nigerian international striker Obafemi Martins – 13 days after the transfer window shut.
Levante captain Sergio Ballesteros says the fact the club are playing in the Europa League this season is a tribute to all the Levante supporters.
Gustavo Munua has admitted that he is frustrated to find himself on the bench for Levante’s Europa League matches.
Atletico Madrid begin their Europa League campaign away to Hapoel Tel-Aviv, whilst Athletic Bilbao host fellow Israelis Kiryat Shmona.
Levante President Quico Catalan has described his pride at seeing the club in the Europa League group stage draw earlier today.
Atletico Madrid President Enrique Cerezo has warned of the dangers lying in wait for his club in Europa League Group B.
Athletic Bilbao sporting director Jose Maria Amorrortu likes the look of the club's Europa League group draw.
Defending champions Atletico Madrid face a trip into Europa League unknown for 2012-13, whilst Levante are handed a tricky tournament debut.
Atletico Madrid, Levante and Athletic Bilbao will all be in today’s draw for the group stage of this season’s Europa League.
Athletic Bilbao boss Marcelo Bielsa has lamented his players’ inability to convert the number of chances they create into goals.
Levante boss Juan Ignacio Martinez called his team’s Europa League win over Motherwell ‘historic’ but is now thinking only of La Liga.
Levante made it through to the Europa League group stages in an uneventful win over Motherwell at the Ciutat de Valencia.
Athletic Bilbao progressed to the group stages of the Europa League despite a high scoring draw with HJK Helsinki at the Finnair Stadium.
Juan Ignacio Martinez has been able to call up full-back Juanfran Garcia for the first time this season for the Europa League squad to face Motherwell.
Athletic Bilbao have a number of injury problems for Thursday’s Europa League return fixture with HJK Helsinki.
Juan Ignacio Martinez called it ‘a special day’ after watching his Levante team beat Motherwell 2-0 in their Europa League qualifier.
Athletic Bilbao all but ensured Europa League group stage qualification with a 6-0 first-leg thrashing of HJK Helsinki at San Mames.
Levante are favourites to progress to the Europa League group stages after easing to a first leg qualifying round 2-0 success at Motherwell.
Athletic Bilbao boss Marcelo Bielsa has made just one change to the team that was soundly beaten 5-3 by Real Betis on Saturday.
Levante are without injured pair Juanfran and Pedro Rios for their first-leg Europa League play-off against Motherwell at Fir Park.
Motherwell aim to welcome Levante to Scotland with an aerial assault in tonight's Europa League tie.
HJK Helsinki boss Antti Muurinen has conceded his side are inferior to Athletic Bilbao ahead of the clubs Europa League clash tonight.
Levante captain Sergio Ballesteros reckons his team are underdogs ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with Motherwell at Fir Park.
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