Francis Coquelin looks back at last season’s Europa League victory, before facing Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final (on The Indian Paper) on Wednesday evening. A trophy seen by the French as revenge on Alex Ferguson.
Francis Coquelin has taken a harsh revenge. Villarreal is set to face Liverpool on Wednesday night in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals (continuing at 9 p.m. ET). The Indian Paper 1), the midfielder was once again asked about Villarreal’s Europa League win last season. The breakthrough came at the end of the suspense after a very long penalty shootout (1-1, 11-10 at pen).
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“A Little Reaction”
“An achievement” for the club, comments Francis Coquelin, but also “a little revenge” on Alex Ferguson, which he admits in front of the RMC cameras. “When I make my Arsenal debut, we take it 8-2 at Old Trafford. At the time, I took a tackle from Sir Alex Ferguson in his biography. So winning the “Europa League” against him was a nice little comeback. Besides, I think he was in the stands. It was nice to lift the trophy in front of him,” the Frenchman smiled. Did he meet her? He said, “I looked for him, I couldn’t find him. But he must have seen me.”
Arsenal’s defeat against Manchester United dates back to August 2011. Back on loan after a season in Ligue 1 with Lorient, Francis Coquelin, then 20, was thrown into the deep end. and took water. Alex Ferguson later wrote in his 2013 biography, “Arsenal played with a young boy in midfield: Francis Coquelin. I had heard little of him, and he hardly played again.” Francis Coquelin has not forgotten him.