The Jets say they are not scared about coming up against David Villa on Sunday.
Newcastle assistant Clayton Zane says the Jets are well aware of the threat posed by Melbourne City attacker David Villa, but are not scared of facing the Spanish World Cup-winning player at AAMI Park on Sunday.
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Villa scored just minutes after coming off the bench in City’s 1-1 draw with Sydney FC last Saturday.
Zane says the hype surrounding Villa will mean a packed-out parochial home crowd at AAMI Park.
“They’re probably going to have a packed house down there,” Zane told the club’s website.
“Expectations on Villa have risen again given his cameo performance off the bench last weekend.
“It’s a big challenge for the back four, but if they can perform like they did against Central Coast Mariners, we’ll do a good job of trying to contain him.
“The thing about David Villa is that he’s got three or four other quality players around him in the attacking third.”
Zane said that the Jets would gain added motivation coming up against the likes of Villa, Damien Duff and Robert Koren.
“Obviously we’re going down to face a Club that there has been a lot of fan fare about where they’re headed and the direction that heir Club is taking,” Zane said.
“I think it’s a game that a lot of the boys want to be involved with for obvious reasons.
“They want to match themselves up against some of the best players to have played in this league in Damien Duff and David Villa.
“I’m sure the motivation will come from that aspect, but looking at our performance against the Mariners last weekend, I’m sure our boys will go down there with their heads held high knowing we can come away with the three points.”