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Forlan and I share same distinction .. we've both scored against Dons in Europe; Langfield warns rampant Aberdeen to learn lesson from his OG horror last time in Spain.

Byline: Gordon Parks

Jamie Langfield insists Aberdeen will pack a newAberdeen will pack a new–new–found sense of bravado in found sense of bravado in their bags when their Europa Cup adventure continues in the Basque country this week.

e keeper believes the condent swagger that saw them see off swagger that saw them see off Groningen on ursday night will Groningen on ursday night will stand them in good stead for their Stand them in good stead for their third–round qualifier against third–round qualifier against Spanish cracks Real Sociedad. Spanish cracks Real Sociedad.

It's their first trip to Spain since a 2–0 defeat to Atletico since a 2–0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in 2007 when Jimmy Madrid in 2007 when Jimmy Calderwood was gaffer. Calderwood was gaffer.

Langeld will never forget that night as he scored an that night as he scored an unfortunate own goal. unfortunate own goal.

But he warns the Reds need to learn a lesson need to learn a lesson from freezing in that tie from freezing in that tie seven years ago. seven years ago.

The Scots were guilty of being awestruck of being awestruck when facing an when facing an attack that included attack that included Sergio Aguero and Sergio Aguero and Diego Forlan. Diego Forlan.

He said: "There is a cockiness, a swagger, cockiness, a swagger, about us now. about us now.

"It's the look of a side who are saying side who are saying 'We are here and 'We are here and enjoying it and enjoying it and wanting to play on this stage'. this stage'.

"But there is no point putting a point putting a marker. down marker. down against Groningen against Groningen – en heading to then heading to Spain thinking we Spain thinking we are going on our are going on our holidays. We want to holidays. We want to keep progressing in the keep progressing in the Europa League. Europa League.

"I played against Atletico in 2007 and it will be similar this week. and it will be similar this week.

"Real will keep the ball and have the majority of possession. But it's up the majority of possession. But it's up to us to be structured the way we to us to be structured the way were against Groningen. were against Groningen.

"There's no point going there and giving them too much respect as we did against Atletico.

"But we'll take condence from results like the one over Groningen and do some damage over there.

"That 2007 match was great to play in as they had a forward line of Aguero and Forlan.

"Forlan scored a penalty and Simao Sabrosa also scored but it went down as an own goal.

"His shot struck a post, hit me on the back of the head and went in. S o I have actually scored in Europe even though it was at the wrong end.

"You look back at these game and Think how great they were to play in. ese are the games that everyone wants to play in and we are really looking forward to it."

Goals from Adam Rooney and " Niall McGinn secured safe passage against the Dutch and Langfield admits the disrespect shown by their hosts was a huge part in their downfall.

The 34–year–old insists Dons took great pleasure from silencing the doubters.

He said: "I don't think anyone apart of people inside Scotland believed we could pull off this incredible result. We had been written o . "It's great to go to Holland and prove people wrong.

"We always believed we had the capability in the squad to do a right good job. You could see that with the way we performed last season away from home.

"Comments from Groningen, that they were 80 per cent through after the first–leg 0–0 draw, were mentioned in our dressing room.

"We used it as a motivation. If they wanted to be arrogant, fine, but it's great to put one over on them.

"ere is a big di erence between being confident and arrogant. But everyone could see by the way they spoke they underestimated us."

Aberdeen's win in Holland was another boost for Scotland's coefficient and Langfield is more than aware of doing their bit for our games' standing in Europe.

He said: "It's not just a good result for Aberdeen but also a good result for Scotland.

"Celtic are through in Europe as are St Johnstone so hopefully our result is another marker.

"It's hard we need to get through all of these qualifiers but hopefully we can push on. I haven't seen much of Atletico Madrid but the manager will have them watched. ey are a couple of weeks behind us in their preparations.

"But they have good players such as Antoine Griezmann who is valued at PS30million so we know it's not going to be easy.

"We know we have characters in our squad who can do it and will give a good account of ourselves.

"It's the best squad I've been involved with and the most I've ever felt apart of things. We shouldn't be written o ."

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ZERO TO HERO from top, Langfield suffered misery back in 2007 against Atletico after failing to stop Diego Forlan's spot–kick then scoring an own goal – but spirits are soaring at Aberdeen again as he jokes with midweek goal ace Adam Rooney and blocks a chance from Groningen's De Leeuw
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Date:Jul 27, 2014
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