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Athletic Club will play against Villarreal in the Spanish Cup’s quarter finals. On January 9,…

Villarreal-Athletic
Villarreal-Athletic
Dec 21, 2001

Athletic Club will play against Villarreal in the Spanish Cup’s quarter finals. On January 9, they will play the first leg in El Madrigal and the second leg in San Mamés on January 16. The president of the entity Javier Uria pointed out that ‘we must have self-confidence in ourselves and win because there wasn’t any easy rival in the draw. I prefer the second match here because we will have the support of our fans and supporters. The captain Julen Guerrero says that ‘Villarreal is a team that lately is trying to do something important and will want to arrive far, but on our side the illusion is bigger and we are going to give all to pass to semifinals. I prefer to play the second leg at home with the public pressing’. Josu Urrutia declared that ‘we expect to pass the round, although it won’t be easy because all the teams of First Division have quality. As for the order of the matches, I prefer to play the second match at home, although we are playing better out’. Ismael Urzaiz declared that ‘we have all the ambition of the world to pass to semifinals. It’s better to play the first leg out because in the decisive match we will have the public on our side’. For Óscar Vales ‘after Real Madrid and Deportivo, Villarreal was the most powerful team, but if we want to arrive to the top we have to confront to all the rivals. I think that playing the second match at home is better for us’.

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