The coach of the Villarreal, Unai emery, said this Wednesday, before the duel against the Salzburg of the Europa League in The ceramic, rather than thinking about rotations, focuses on putting the best possible team on Thursday and winning the second leg of the tie, in which his team won 0-2 in the first leg in Austria.
“The idea is to have a competitive team that continues the first leg against an injured team that we respect and we know they are not going to make it easy for us. They are a wounded team and with arguments to complicate us a lot. We know of their quality so that they do not want and should not talk about rotations, the idea is to put the best players with the certainty that they will be the most competitive in this match, “he said Emery at a press conference.
“I am going to put the best, the fact of repeating with those who played in Bilbao can be given without problems except from injury, so the idea is to build a team as competitive as possible. he wins by putting the best in each game, “he added.
In addition, the Basque coach indicated that he wants to avoid that because of the result of the first leg, everything is already done, since he considers that it is “a good team that arrives injured”, so he rules out that Villarreal is going to speculate with the scoreboard and that will come out with “the clear objective of winning.”
“We want to recover the team, beyond the result we have many things to do and things to recover. More or less we came from a streak of draws and the victory in Salzburg left us good feelings, but things to improve, which was also seen in Bilbao. We are working defensively, we do it well, but the goals against come, so we must be more effective in that aspect, “he said.
Regarding game control, he assured that in Bilbao they had it but that they need to improve in defensive tasks and progress more in attack. “We have the ball but it remains in a somewhat bland possession,” he said.
“With Salzburg an open game awaits us with many duels, which will require a lot of verticality, since it will be a more open game. We must improve, find a regularity in performance, and that this leads us to the result”, Emery ventured.
For the Villarreal coach, the key is to impose his idea of the game, so “being vertical will be a good option, since they are going to pose high pressure, although the difficulty is to make them not run, for which We must have the ball, and know how to run when we can, “he explained.
In his reading of what the game can be, Emery added that they should try that “the game does not open” and that the idea is that “they do not have spaces, since that is what they like. And if the game opens, be vertical to take advantage of our options ”,
He considered that injuries are part of the game and it is something that must be taken into account and know how to administer, so it cannot be an excuse. “You must recover and manage situations as things come. The priority is the Europa League since it is immediate, we do not think that it is wear and tear, we think that it is a pride to play and compete,” said Emery.
In addition, he highlighted the evolution experienced by the Europa League since he first played it as a coach in 2008.
“The possibility of entering the Champions League via the Europa League has changed things, since English, German or Italian teams compete to the maximum. Therefore, we see that it has grown and if we look at the finalists of recent years they are already very Every time we see that there are reasons for teams to want to win the Europa League, so it is a very beautiful and very demanding competition, “he concluded.