Granada manager Diego Martinez has called on his players to write another remarkable chapter in their fairy-tale against Manchester United.
In this season so far, Granada have already knocked out Serie A side Napoli and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s former club Molde during their first-ever European campaign, which they qualified for by finishing seventh in Laliga the last term.
In a post-match interview, Martinez said: ‘We respect every team and we’re not going to find out right now what United is,’ he said. ‘It’s a giant in Europe, it’s an amazing team.
‘But if we are in the quarter-finals and we’re facing them it’s because we’ve done many good things.
‘We’re going to play 180 minutes, plus injury-time, and we believe in our possibilities.
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‘Last year we were candidates, one, two or three to be back in the second division and we ended up in Europe.
‘There’s a sentence in our dressing room ”they didn’t know it’s impossible so they did it” so this is what we try to think of.
‘We are very proud of the people we have here because with this we can go anywhere.
‘We can go to the desert or anywhere because we feel strong, we want to make the most of the moment and this is something that makes us grow in itself.’
‘It’s very stimulating, very rewarding to be in a match like this one not only because we are in the quarter-finals of the Europa League, but also the game itself, the match itself,’ boss Martinez said.
‘We of course want to give our perfect game – the match of our lives. This is what we need to win. This is what we have to focus on.’
Granada defender Domingos Duarte – a Portugal team-mate of United star Bruno Fernandes – intends to display that faith and focus on the pitch.
‘We know what we have to do,’ he said. ‘We know what we have to do to face those forwards of Manchester, which are very quick.
‘But the most important thing is that we go at our highest-performance, believing in ourselves.
‘We know it’s difficult but what matters is ourselves and the focus is always on ourselves. This is what we have to do.’