Stuart McCall plans different Motherwell approach for Levante

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall

Europa League Qualifying - Play-Off Round

Venue:
Fir Park
Date:
Thursday 23 August
Kick-off:
19:45 BST
Coverage:
Text updates and online commentary on BBC Sport website

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall has a different approach in mind for the visit of Levante in the Europa League play-off round.

The Steelmen reached this stage of the competition after being eliminated from the Champions League qualifiers by Greeks side Panathinaikos.

McCall hopes to learn from the mistakes made in those games.

"Defensively we've got to be a wee bit more aware and cute when we do attack," McCall said.

Levante kicked-off their season with a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Sunday. Due to the fact the 'Granotes' (frogs) have only played one competitive game this season, McCall admits information gathering has been a chore.

"We won't know how they're going to approach the game," he said. "To be honest I think we've just to concentrate on ourselves."

Motherwell are unbeaten in the Scottish Premier League, picking up five points from the opening three games.

After losing the home leg of the tie against Panathinaikos by two goals to nil, McCall is open to altering his team's tactics.

Motherwell striker Michael Higdon
Motherwell lost 2-0 at home to Panathanaikos

"We might have to go a different way about it," McCall pondered. "The old Scottish approach might be different.

"It's not something we normally do, we normally like to keep the ball and make passes and have lots of possession. It might be an up-and-at-them approach."

Motherwell suffered a blow with the news that defender Simon Ramsden has been ruled out of Thursday night's match.

Levante will be without the man who propelled them into Europe - Arouna Kone, who recently moved to English Premier League side Wigan.

However, after finishing sixth in last season's Primera Division, they will represent a stern challenge.

"They're very strong centrally, the two centre-halves, although the boy Ballesteros is coming up on 37," added McCall. "He is a great leader and has great experience.

"The two boys that sit in front don't move too far forward, so they are very rigid and very solid."

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