Toulouse FC manager Carles Martínez Novell is approaching Thursday’s UEFA Europa League tie against Liverpool with a positive mindset, despite Jürgen Klopp’s side being touted as heavy favourites.
Toulouse are yet to be beaten in European competition. Le TéFéCé have one win and one draw in Group E and are just two points behind leaders Liverpool going into Thursday’s match at Anfield. Martínez Novell’s side have been solid thus far in Ligue 1, and could yet better their 13th-place finish from last season. They currently sit 10th and have drawn five of their nine top-flight matches in France’s top flight, including their last two.
Whilst there is no doubt that Toulouse head into the match against Liverpool, Martínez Novell has said that he is looking to be positive. “We are preparing this match to beat them. Of course, it’s possible,” said the Spaniard, who did nonetheless address the uncertainties surrounding their opponents set-up with Liverpool often rotating in European competition so far this season.
Klopp also struck a wary tone in his pre-match press conference, saying that Toulouse are a side that “deserve respect.”
GFFN | Luke Entwistle