Ahead of receiving Villarreal in the Champions League first leg on Wednesday evening (on The Indian Paper), Jurgen Klopp said he was impressed by the work of “world-class coach” Unai Emery.
On the eve of Villarreal’s reception in the first leg of the Champions League (9 p.m. on Wednesday at The Indian Paper 1), Jurgen Klopp was highly praised by his counterpart Unai Emery.
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“We analyzed Villarreal’s games. I already had a lot of respect for Unai Emery and Villarreal. But I followed their games against Bayern and Juventus with only one eye. From then on, I analyzed those games Wow, impressive. Emery is obsessed with the smallest detail. He prepares for every situation that arises. And his team executes his plans. He strategizes, creates different pressures “He has many options depending on the result. Really impressive,” said the German. Press conference on Tuesday. “Unai is a world-class coach, he does a great job,” he insisted.
“Juve and Bayern must have underestimated them”
Jurgen Klopp also felt that Villarreal was able to play on the element of surprise in the round of 16 against Juve then in the quarter against Bayern. “They would have had the advantage in the last two rounds. Juve and Bayern would have underestimated them. But we never do that. They lost that small advantage,” he said.
Villarreal actually surprised Bayern by winning the first leg of the quarter-finals (1–0), then hung on to accept a draw in the return match at Munich (1–1). The Spaniards, winners of the Europa League last season, reached the last four of C1 for the second time in their history. The last time was in 2006. He was eventually released by Arsenal. Since then Villarreal has never repeated such a performance. Till this season.