Linfield boss David Healy is looking to get a big win at the Euro against Zurich at Windsor Park.

Linfield boss David Healy thinks his team is ready to roar again in Europe after being mauled by the hands of Bodø/Glimt.

The Blues had high hopes for a stunning 1-0 victory at Windsor Park over the Norwegian champions, but the script was torn apart and thrown out as the relentless hosts rushed to an 8-0 win.

Linfield, who lost to Kirk Millar, who scored in the first leg, due to an early red card, is now in the third qualifying stage of the Europa League, where FC Zurich will act as the next obstacle.

The Swiss title holders are in Belfast for the first leg tonight (7:45 p.m.) and the winners know they will face Hearts in the playoffs, securing at least a place in the European Conference League group stage.

The loser will play the unseeded winner of the match between RFS (Latvia) and Hibernians (Malta).

Amid worries of mental resonance and shattered confidence, Healy is confident his troops will be back in combat shape for another major test.

“We’ve been in a quagmire before and faced problems and questions that were thrown at us,” he said.

“None of these tasks has been solved yet. We keep hearing about people wanting to knock Linfield off their perch, but we haven’t seen it domestically yet.

“Has trust been shaken? This is always possible when you lose the game.

“First of all, we were eliminated from the competition we wanted to stay in and after the first match we had hope, but sometimes you have to be aware of the level you are facing and be realistic.

“These teams won’t let you off the hook. When they grab you by the throat, they go all they can.

“Thank you Budo. My staff and I admitted our ruthlessness to harm us when we were already on the floor.

“That’s what we’re trying to do as a club and I want us to do a better job of burying teams, letting them know we’re better than them. Bodø did a great job with that (against us) last week.”

Healy knew his players would face a huge test against the Scandinavian stars, but he’s not quite sure what to expect from Zurich.

With new manager Franco Foda trying to put his ideas into action and a boring start to the title defense with just one point from his first three games, perhaps the Blues have reason to be excited.

“When you look at the level of opposition, people will ask if Zurich is as good as Bodø?” explained Northern Ireland’s record for goals.

“I don’t know, but they have a very experienced coach, a former player who is new to this job after the previous coach (André Breitenreiter) moved to Hoffenheim.

“He is probably in the early stages of what he wants to achieve, the staff has changed from the league to Europe and they are harder to predict.

“With Bodø we knew who the majority of the starting eleven would be. Zurich has experienced players and winners, the Swiss champions, and if Northern Ireland played the Swiss or Norway, we would be underdogs.

“Some of the Swiss and Norwegian teams have participated in the Champions League and Europa League group stages over the years. We know what levels we have to face.”

Linfield might be a little bruised by their adventures in Norway, but one thing that hasn’t changed is their mindset and swagger in Windsor Park.

“We are proud of our home record, we never lost or fell behind in a single game last season,” Healy continued.

“We had a strong home record last season and European games are played here with great atmosphere.

“Players still have to show results and I have no doubt that the players we have still feel like these are bonus games after beating TNS in the first round.

“I don’t want to draw a line under the game in Norway, we already did that. The game went against us in terms of early goals and sending off.

“That’s what we were talking about, when you have the worst case scenario and you find yourself on a 1-0 loss and up to 10 people and they score, it couldn’t be worse.

“There are a few downsides, but there are upsides to having two legs. Some people and clubs have been playing European football for 10 or 20 years and never win a single European match. We won two out of two at Windsor and didn’t concede a single goal.

“In Bodø we played with an improving team that over the past few years has disbanded bigger teams and managers than us and their shares are going up.

“Of course, it’s a shame to lose, but there’s no point in feeling sorry for yourself.

“The deeper you get into the competition, the more likely you are to face a stronger opponent, and we found that out last week against Bodø.”

Linfield defender Daniel Finlayson is also enjoying another chance to cement the club’s historic place in the group stage.

“We are looking forward to this game after a disappointing match last week,” he said.

“But we can take a lot of positive things out of the last draw as we beat them at home, which shows that we are playing well at home and we can take on anyone.

“The boys are ready for it and we fully expect to go out and get results.”