Vila-real (Castellón), Apr 28 (EFE) .- Villarreal coach Unai Emery said at the press conference prior to the first leg of the Europa League semifinals, which this Thursday they play against Arsenal at La Cerámica , who by his past as a coach in the London team “I know them and they know me.”
“In Europe we have known each other for a long time, both teams have already met. On a personal level, the fact of having been there gives me a better understanding of many things, as they know how I deal with things. But I think now it’s different , so it is going to a tie in which we both arrived on merits and only one will remain, “he said.
Villarreal faces the fifth semifinal in its history “and that triggers the illusion at the club level, at the player level and for me,” said Emery, who finally hopes “to be able to break that semifinal barrier, which makes us face it a special way and something very beautiful for everyone “.
The Basque coach stressed that he expects from Arsenal, despite their losses, “the best version of them and with their best players. We work with that idea and for that reason we are thinking of a very powerful rival.”
“At the club level little can be added, it is a great club. Arteta is a great coach and much loved. At the game level it is a recognizable team and very Arsenal. It has good players, experienced players and young players who are growing. It is a very recognized Arsenal, very worked, with a solid defensive structure that gives them a lot of security, “he explained.
Asked about his past at Arsenal, where he spent a season and a half, the coach assured that it is “a closed stage” and was grateful for having worked there.
“I am left with the things that they gave me and to continue growing. Now with the idea of transferring him to Villarreal, with humility and satisfied to be able to contribute as I did at Arsenal. In all the teams I have my corner in my heart, but now my heart is ‘groguet’ and I’m focused on it, “he stressed.
Regarding the conversation he had with Mikel Arteta when he took over the London team, he revealed that “we talked about my experience and I transmitted my experience to him. He is from San Sebastian like me, I did not know him, for I have admiration. I like to know what others do coaches, I usually see Arsenal and I thought it could be positive if we spoke. We did it in a very football-oriented and very clear way, in which I wanted to give them my vision.
On his team and how he is facing this semi-final, he commented that “we come from a defeat, we have had enough days to prepare for the game and for that reason we have everyone. We must focus on these two games, we will see how they are and how they recover, from there make an eleven as best as possible “. EFE