Cahill brushes up on Sporting
Everton midfielder Tim Cahill has been doing his homework on Sporting Lisbon ahead of their Euro clash.
Last Updated: 15/02/10 11:55am
Everton midfielder Tim Cahill has been doing his homework on Sporting Lisbon ahead of their Europa League last 32 meeting on Tuesday night.
The Toffees look to have overcome their indifferent form from the start of the season and secured an impressive 2-1 home success over Premier League leaders Chelsea last time out.
David Moyes has seen his side boosted by the return of a number of key men from injury and Cahill is relishing the clash against the Portuguese giants.
Even though Everton managed to get through the group stage they were hurt by two defeats, 5-0 and 2-0, by Sporting's neighbours Benfica.
However, crucial wins against BATE Borisov and AEK Athens secured their passage to the next stage.
Cahill told Uefa's official website: "I'm very blessed to play for such a great club. I always say you have to run through brick walls.
"That's regardless of knocks and injuries. We have that right mental attitude. Hopefully we can just grow stronger.
"I'm just excited at the moment. When you draw Sporting, you are in with the best teams in the world.
"I just wanted to learn as much as I could about their team, their stadium and the attendance they get."
Sporting have endured a turbulent time with coach Carlos Carvalhal appointed in November until the end of the season after Paulo Bento resigned.
Even though the Portuguese side won their group ahead of Hertha Berlin, their domestic form has been indifferent and they lie a distant fourth to Benfica in the table.
Everton's previous run in the knockout rounds came to an end in 2008 when they were knocked out on penalties after pegging back a 2-0 deficit against Fiorentina.
Cahill added: "Because we haven't been in too many European competitions, it's something the fans live for - taking the club to the next level, not only on the pitch but off it.
"Having special away days are a reward for the fans, and they respond by supporting their team and being the 12th man.
"I tell you, you can't hear anything, and when that ball goes in the net it's an explosion of fireworks. It shakes through you."