The Villarreal coach, Unai emery, pointed out at a press conference that tomorrow Friday “a very long game” awaits them in Balaídos against Celta, a rival that he considers very complicated and a good test to see how his team is doing.
“We expect a very long game, with many moments in which they will prevail as they are very confident. They have quality, ball possession and good foot players to play inside or with speed. The key is that we can be very focused for 90 minutes, it is a team that is going to demand us a lot ”, he assured.
“Celta is a team that is going to put us on the limit in many situations. So I am excited and expectant to see how the team reacts to this challenge. If we win we can make room with the teams they want to be in the fight for European places ”, added.
The Basque coach pointed out that they are facing this duel with the idea of being able to continue in the regular line of the season at the end of the first round of the league championship.
“The halfway point of the league marks an assessment of what we have done and the regularity of the team. We value what we have done as good, but this game is going to face us against a rival who is very well, that has come closer and it will undoubtedly be a good test that will measure how we are facing a very difficult opponent. They are three points that can say many things to win them or not, “he explained.
Emery downplayed the last two losses suffered by Celta. “They lost to Madrid, which may be logical and they fell in the Cup, with a difficult rival despite being of a lower category. From there and if we focus on home games they have won and they have won well.”
“With Coudet they have gained confidence, they have all improved and they are growing a lot. They have casualties, but they have players with good ground to replace them. They know how to have the ball and press very hard, they are going to demand a lot from us, “he insisted.
On the situation of his team, immersed in the fight for the Champions League places, he said that they are “excited to be with the best.” “We are with them, but we already see that they are already settling in those high places. We want to be close to those four, but draws are left for us to be there, so this game is good to improve those ties. I think that in our best version we can be there, if we are good and we are a competitive team. “
The Villarreal coach reported that the injured Francis Coquelin and Paco Alcácer They have already started to work with the group, but it is the French midfielder who “is more advanced, his feelings are good and we will see if he enters this list. Paco has good feelings, but he is ruled out for this match” and advanced what Capoue, signed in this winter market He is “the first option” to play as a defensive midfielder this Friday in Vigo.
On which he did not want to comment is on the situation of the Japanese Take Kubo, on loan from Real Madrid and of which it is speculated that he could leave the club in this winter market in search of a team with greater prominence. “I am focused on the cup, the issue of Take is an issue that now I must put aside a little and focus on the games,” he limited himself to pointing out.