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Salzburg v Villarreal preview

While Adi Hütter believes FC Salzburg are in an excellent position following a "useful result" last week, Marcelino says Villarreal CF will not seek to protect their 2-1 advantage.

Jonatan Soriano's first-leg goal has Salzburg right in contention
Jonatan Soriano's first-leg goal has Salzburg right in contention ©AFP/Getty Images

Adi Hütter is preparing Salzburg for a tight encounter
Villarreal coach Marcelino: "We're here to leave effort and sweat on the pitch"
Denis Cheryshev inspired Villarreal's 2-1 first-leg win last week
Austrian Bundesliga leaders Salzburg have won just one of their last four games
UEFA.com reporter Delfín Ramírez on five lessons from the first leg

Adi Hütter admitted his side have been practising their penalties as FC Salzburg go into the decisive leg of their UEFA Europa League round of 32 contest against Villarreal CF 2-1 down.

Jonatan Soriano's penalty in Spain last week gave the Austrian champions something to build on in the return fixture, and while they are eager to finish the tie off in normal time, Hütter hinted that his team are prepared for a dramatic finale. "We are ready to take some penalties, but you know that spot kicks on the training pitch and ones you take in a competitive European game are quite different," the 45-year-old explained.

Hütter was quietly pleased with the outcome at El Madrigal but recognises that his side remain up against it in Salzburg. "We got a very useful result in the first match, so our motivation is really high," he said. "We scored an away goal – that was our first objective. Now we need to score again if we want to carry on in Europe. Both individually and collectively we need to be very careful, as there will be one of the best Spanish teams in opposition."

With Stefan Ilsanker suspended and Christoph Leitgeb doubtful with a slight knee injury, Hütter will have to make changes. However, defender Christian Schwegler – who featured in the Salzburg team that beat Villarreal home and away in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League group stage – said the hosts can prosper provided they keep their cool.

"Discipline will be particularly important," he noted. "Of course we can get the better of Villarreal, but we must win the midfield battle. They have some excellent individuals, such as Denis Cheryshev, so we have to play a team game. Going into the tie, Villarreal were favourites, but now it is 50-50. Of course, we have to get at least one goal, but that can come if we are patient, though I'd have nothing against scoring early and then focusing on defending."

Marcelino accepts that his troops could have their work cut out in Austria, saying: "We came here to leave a lot of effort and sweat on the pitch and of course to qualify for the next round. We very much respect the home team, they play a very compact game."

Villarreal managed ten shots on target in the first leg – to their opponents' four – and their coach is targeting a repeat performance. "If we have as many chances as last time, I'm sure we will be in the [round of 16]. We have a goal advantage, but that does not mean we will play for a goalless draw. We must play aggressively, we must create chances. One goal would change a lot."