Cirio excited to face Villarreal

Adelaide United forward Sergio Cirio is relishing the opportunity to face another world class side from his homeland, Spain.

With Villarreal claiming a 2-1 win over Malaga on Sunday and cementing a Europa League spot for next season last week, Cirio believes this will be the perfect way to end the season against a Spanish club.

Malaga who visited Adelaide last July and played the Reds at Adelaide Oval as part of the LFP World Challenge, were deafted by Villarreal corutesy of a Gerard Moreno double.


Villarreal will be hitting the shores of Australia for the first time in its 92-year history. It will also be the first time a La Liga side will play at Coopers Stadium.

“Villarreal are a very good club and they also play very good football,’’ Cirio said.

“We’re playing at Coopers and I think the game will be very good for the fans and for us. They are one of the best clubs in Spain.

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“They have many good players and one of them is Giovani dos Santos (from Mexico).

“He’s quick and very good in one-on-one situations and he’s a left winger or a No. 10.”

Villarreal, nicknamed El Submarí Groguet (Yellow Submarine) due to its yellow home kit, closes its season with a clash against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday before flying to Adelaide next week.