Emery: “We felt impotent”
Emery: “We felt impotent”

The Villarreal head coach underlined that the refereeing decisions conditioned the match

Villarreal CF head coach Unai Emery underlined that the controversial performance by Medié Jiménez affected, inevitably, the outcome of the match against Celta (2-4): “The analysis of the game is conditioned by referee’s decisions. Beyond that, the match was attractive. In the first goal, there is a foul in the build-up on Trigueros. VAR called the referee because it was a foul, but the referee stuck to his original decision. That caused us to lose our focus. We recovered, and then it was the penalty. Capoue clears and there’s a clash between Asenjo and Hugo Mallo. The referee gives a penalty, but the images speak for themselves. We tried to not go off course, but it was hard emotionally. We felt tremendously impotent. The result was conditioned,” he commented.

For Emery, the match could have been a great game because of how both teams lined up: “It needs to be the footballers who take centre stage. VAR is here to help. The images are those they judge because they’re decisive moments in the match. You feel frustration. You have to be cool because the decisions aren’t in our hands,” he underlined.

Finally, the Basque manager underlined the importance of the three points that were lost: “It was an important match for both teams. The team was ready to get a good result against Celta who were in a good form.”

See his press conference (in Spanish) by clicking play.