In the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals traveling to Anfield this Wednesday, Villarreal lost (2-0). For Unai Emery, on top of the “yellow submarine”, the result is “clear and worthy”, but gives his team a chance to return.
Unai Emery warned: “The astonishing effect fades away in the lap”. Villarreal failed to field Liverpool (2-0) in the Champions League first leg on Wednesday after dismissing Juventus and Bayern Munich. Dominating, the “yellow submarine” attempted only one strike during the game.
At a press conference, Emery had no trouble judging the opponent’s superiority: “They were better than us in 90 minutes. We wanted to create better chances and we had to work defensively. We had to fix the ball and It had to keep going. On the counter. We didn’t want to be under pressure all the time. We wanted to bring the ball up a bit so as not to be on our target, suck them into our half of the field to go behind our backs, but We didn’t make any chances, we didn’t come close to their target. 2-0 is a clear, worthy result.”
“I want to show that we are capable of causing them problems”
Villarreal hit twice in the second half. Parvis Estupinen (53rd) first with his own goal on a cross from Jordan Henderson. Then on a combination of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane (55th), fatal to the break. “For the first 45 minutes we were very good defensively, but they deserved the opener. They put pressure and there were opportunities. You have to accept what happened tonight and stay optimistic that, next week in 90 minutes “We will be able to use matches against Juve and Bayern to create a threat,” Emery told the media.
“But it could have been worse. 2-0 gives us a chance with another home performance, we’re still alive,” launched the Spanish technician, winner of the Europa League last season. I start preparing for a comeback. Can’t wait for that and I want to show that we are capable of getting them in trouble.”
Villarreal were eliminated by Arsenal, in the only semi-final in their history in the 2006 Champions League. A new English team could again take on the Spanish club, finding the winner of next Tuesday’s second meeting between Manchester City and Real Madrid in the final in the event of a feat.