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Europa draw pleases Aduriz

16 March 2012 18:00

Valencia striker Aritz Aduriz was relieved to avoid Spanish opposition after drawing AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League quarter-finals.

La Liga's third-placed team dodged domestic rivals Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao in Friday's draw for the latter stages of UEFA's second-tier competition.

And while Aduriz is happy not to be facing a familiar foe, he knows Eredivisie leaders AZ are likely to still prove a difficult obstacle.

"We wanted to avoid both Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid," Aduriz said.

"We know that Schalke are strong, too, Hannover as well. We can't underestimate any team, they all deserve to be here."

"We knew there were strong teams in the draw. We are going to have to fight. AZ are a tough rival and we can't take anything for granted because they are first in their league."

"Our objective is to get to the final, but we'll take it step by step."

"We have a good chance to go far in the tournament, we have total respect for AZ, but they are the team we have drawn and we have to be happy about that."

Aduriz also praised former club Athletic, who have received widespread acclaim for eliminating English Premier League champions Manchester United in the last 16.

"Athletic have a great team, lots of quality, with a great mix of youth and experience," he said.

"They are doing things really well and are playing special football. I take my hat off to them."

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