Hours before the most important double confrontation in Villarreal’s history, tienne Capou confided in Unas Emery, the coach of the Yellow submarines. The French international is under the influence of the Basque strategist.
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Arriving in Castellon in January 2021, Capou was quick to fall under the spell of the 50-year-old’s tactics. “The only way we can play and above all show the team that we have found something that will work is for me to learn football. It is to put something in place and do it,” details the midfielder trained in Toulouse I did it with other coaches but with him (Emery), it’s all the time. He always has a new strategy, a new vision of things, he is at the fore. I wonder how he does it. To me he is a genius.”
“I am so indebted to him”
The Spanish coach’s ability to renew attracts tienne Capou, who rediscovers his game: “The game develops and so does the coach. He develops the player as well and I find him extraordinary and so I say I learned football at 33.”
From a personal point of view, the relationship between the former Spurs and the former PSG coach formed quickly. He said, “The coach put me in a very good position at the age of 33, I owe him a lot. If I am given the freedom to express myself by giving some small gestures, I can do a great game. And the coach understood it. Without me telling him. That’s what makes me even more proud, that I didn’t have to tell him.”
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Capua’s fervent enthusiasm for Emery is not an isolated case. The crew of the Yellow Submarine and the rest of the workforce appear to be victorious. The vision of the former Arsenal or PSG technician will be measured in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Jurgen Klopp this Wednesday.