Villarreal 1-1 Arsenal

Villarreal still calm despite Adebayor goal

April 8, 2009

Santi Cazorla insists Villarreal are still more than capable of making it through to the semi-finals of the Champions League despite Tuesday's home draw with Arsenal, recalling their success against Panathinaikos in the previous round.

Just as they did against the Gunners, Villarreal could only record a 1-1 first-leg draw in front of their own fans in their last-16 encounter with Panathinaikos and that left them with a job to do in Athens.

However, the Yellow Submarine stunned the Greek side with a 2-1 victory that booked their place in the quarter-finals, and Cazorla sees no reason why his side cannot repeat that feat in London.

"It's been a shame but we still have our chances, the tie is open and although the 1-1 scoreline favours them, we've already shown that we are capable of scoring away from home, as we showed in Athens," said Cazorla, who was watching on from the sidelines last night after suffering a season-ending broken leg at the weekend.

"The first half was ours, we controlled the ball and we got ahead, but in the second half they (Arsenal) were better."

Villarreal midfielder Marcos Senna, who opened the scoring with a stunning long-range strike early on, told television channel Antena 3: "Arsenal have the advantage, because they have scored an away goal but by winning there we will be in the semi-finals."

Villarreal president Fernando Roig said: "The tie remains open and we have our chances. The result means we have to score at least once in London but we always go out to win so although it's difficult, the tie is open.

"These are the Champions League quarter-finals and everything is open, as has happened with Manchester United, who had been clear favourites against Porto."