Villarreal winger, Samuel Chukwueze, believes the pressure will be on Liverpool when the two teams clash tonight in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals at Anfield.
The Spanish outfit eliminated Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals to advance to the last four, and despite admitting the Reds come into the match as favourites, the Nigeria international insists the Yellow Submarine will not go down against their more fancied opponents.
“We know all about Liverpool and they are expected to win, so the pressure is on them,” Chukwueze said as quoted by BBC Sport Africa.
“We have a squad and manager good enough to compete against any team in the world. Because of the way Liverpool play some people have already made their own predictions but that is normal in football.
“We have a job to do and we are not going to Liverpool to lose. Why not aim for the best result over there? And that is what we hope to do.”
After winning the first leg of the quarter-final against Bayern Munich at home by a solitary goal, Villarreal held the newly crowned Bundesliga champions to a 1-1 draw in the second leg to advance.
It was the 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup winner who scored the equaliser and he has commented on that memorable night.
“I came on as a late substitute and scored a winner that I will never forget in my life,” Chukwueze added.
“You honestly have no idea how much it meant to the players, the club, our fans, and the city.
“Everything happened so fast. My teammates kept screaming ‘Samu!’ and I couldn’t process it at that very moment. And honestly, I couldn’t hold myself. I looked across to our fans and once I saw them with tears of joy, I completely understood the impact of that goal.
“I hope to write more important chapters in my career with Villarreal. I have more games to play, and personal glory is not the target.
“Villarreal is just like a family to me.
“When someone sees potential in you, they will want you to grow more.
“My game has improved because of the surgery and the coach is doing an amazing job for me. I think what else is remaining is just to score goals, and Emery is doing a very nice job on finishing. Finishing is only thing that is remaining [to improve] in my football,” Chukwueze told BBC.