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A double dose of excitement
A double dose of excitement

Unai Emery celebrated the return of the fans to the Estadio de la Cerámica and underlined the importance of the game against Sevilla

An exciting game for two reasons. Villarreal CF head coach Unai Emery celebrated that 5,000 Yellows’ season-ticket holders can watch this Sunday’s game against Sevilla FC live at the Estadio de la Cerámica (6:30pm CEST), while underlining the importance of the three points up for grabs. “It’s exicting. As well as the public being back, we have a very important match ahead of us against a top opponent like Sevilla FC. There are only six points left to play for this season and everything is very tight,” he underlined.

Regarding the upcoming opposition, the Basque manager hailed the work they’ve done: “Sevilla have been growing sustainably. They’ve had the base of playing in Europe and now in the Champions League. They’ve taken that step to be able to compete, and playing in the Champions League in successive years allows you to do that, and Sevilla are doing that. They are a stable club both on and off the pitch. They have a great manager and a very good squad. We saw it in Madrid, where they controlled the match and deserved more. They’re a team I like a lot.”

For Emery, consistency is key: “We need to find consistency. Before we were drawing a lot, now we’re not. Now we’re winning, but then we are set back by defeats at home. We need to be consistent to overcome Sevilla, we need to be capable of imposing our style of play for longer.”

To conclude, the Yellows boss spoke about the possibility of moving the final matchday forward: “We’re the team with the most games this season. That is taxing, and because of that we’ve had injuries and so on. It’s not easy, that’s true, but I understand that LaLiga should try and find a schedule that allows us another day ahead of the final. Isn’t it possible that there won’t be a lot of teams teams around Madrid and Villarreal? Could we not play on Saturday? I would accept it, it’s something that benefits a Spanish team and I think we should be able to find a solution. It’s a final. It would affect five or six games, if I had to accept it from another team I would. I think it would be good for Villarreal and good for LaLiga.”

See Emery’s press conference (in Spanish) in full by clicking play.