Phil Neville promises Everton will show their teeth in Lisbon

25 February 2010 10:00
Phil Neville

PHIL NEVILLE today promised Everton will go on the attack in Lisbon tonight as they bid to banish the memories of their last visit to the Portuguese capital.

The Blues skipper believes this Everton team are far better equipped to leave Portugal victorious, than the inexperienced side which were thrashed 5-0 by Sporting's city rivals Benfica in this competition last year.

But Neville insists that the Blues must go for goals at the Estadio Jose Alvalade, after conceding a sloppy late strike at Goodison has left the tie finely balanced.

He said: 'It's important that we score the first goal or that we score an away goal. You sit back in Europe and you get punished.

'We did that in the last 20 minutes against them in the first leg and they kept possession, frustrated us and in the end they punished us. We know that we need to score.

'We know from our European experience that an away goal kills a team. We're quite suited to counter attack, we've got players who like playing away from home and it's a great occasion and a good stage for us to keep progressing as a team.'

Neville, and manager David Moyes, both backed Phil Jagielka to cope if he is asked to make an unexpected return to the side in the last 32 tie.

The Blues boss will leave it as late as possible to decide on his central defence, with Philippe Senderos having only just recovered from a back strain which saw him omitted from the squad against Manchester United at the weekend.

Source: Liverpool_Echo