Sevilla secured an excellent 3-1 advantage away at El Madrigal against Villarreal, in the first-leg of the clash of the two Spanish sides in the Europa League a fortnight ago, making them strong favourites to pass through to the quarter-finals of the competition.
There's absolutely no room for any complacency though, as Villarreal have shown on numerous occasions that they have the quality and the determination to overcome difficult obstacles set before them.
At the preview press conference ahead of Thursday's game at the Sánchez-Pizjuan (per Inside Spanish Football), winger Aleix Vidal pointed at the fighting spirit shown by Arsenal, with the Gunners almost making a spectacular comeback away at Monaco in the Champions League, as a perfect reason why Sevilla must be on their guard against Villarreal.
"Monaco won 1-3 away in their first-leg and yesterday, Arsenal almost turned it around and could have gone through. That's a clear example for us to observe ahead of our game tomorrow."
Linked with clubs like Aston Villa, Everton, West Ham and Newcastle last summer (according to Sky Sports), although he's a keen follower of the Premier League, Aleix Vidal opted to remain in Spain, leaving Almería to join Europa League champions Sevilla instead.
While he hasn't featured as prominently of late in the first-eleven, underlining his determination, Vidal explained: "I've been playing regularly before now, but I've also gone six games without playing. A squad is comprised of twenty players though and you have to earn your place in every training session. I do my job, work hard and then it's up to the manager."
If he and the rest of his Sevilla team-mates do their jobs well, they should avoid allowing Villarreal to emulate the attempts of Arsenal, whose efforts in the Champions League are being utilised by Sevilla to show that anything is possible in European competition, over two legs.