Real Sociedad boss Eusebio Sacristan is looking to repay the club’s fans after the 5-2 defeat to Real Madrid at the weekend.
The Basque side were thumped at the Santiago Bernabeu by Zinedine Zidane’s side and have now won just one of their last six La Liga games.
Heavy pressure is now on the shoulders of the former Barcelona B coach, whilst the Europa League is their only real hope of success this season, sitting 14th in the league standings.
Much like rivals Athletic Club, who are also in poor form – the Anoeta side are hoping to use the Wednesday evening tie with Red Bull Salzburg as a welcome distraction from league duties.
“We want to put aside what happened on Saturday and focus on what is ahead, ” he told reporters, as cited by Marca.
“We know exactly what the game means for our supporters and it would be very nice and big to bring them joy.”
Red Bull Salzburg sit first in the Austrian league, five points ahead of their closest rivals Sturm Graz, and they come into the game having beaten Altach 1-0 at the weekend.
5-2 to Real Madrid, but not a crisis
Manager Marco Rose spoke to reporters in the build up to Wednesday evening’s game, claiming his side are prepared.
“We know that Real Sociedad have quality, but we are prepared and we want a good result in the first leg, we saw them against Madrid at the weekend, but they are not a team in crisis.”
Elsewhere, the other La Liga representatives in the competition, Atletico Madrid, Athletic Club and Villarreal are all in action.
Diego Simeone’s side face off against FC Copenhagen, whilst Athletic play Spartak Moscow and the Yellow Submarine host French side Olympique Lyonnais.