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Emery: “We want to enjoy this competition to the full”
Emery: “We want to enjoy this competition to the full”

The Villarreal boss was satisfied with qualifying for the Round of 32 and proud of his side’s performance

Villarreal CF manager, Unai Emery, spoke to the media to analyse Villarreal’s valuable victory that against Sivasspor (0-1) that has guaranteed them a place in the next round of the Europa League: “Our objective was achieved in two directions. Firstly, qualification. To finish top of the group when we were playing against a team that needed to win to have a chance of going through to the next round and who challenged us for the full 90 minutes. We knew what we had to do to seal our place in the next round. And secondly, to keep combining experienced players with young players, who are growing with each performance and playing at the level we demand of them.”

For the Yellows boss, his side put on a good display: “I’m happy with qualifying, and also with our solid performance tonight. Our expectations for this competition are to enjoy it to the full, focus on every round and compete. On the way we’ll see how far we can go.”

Lastly, the boss talked about his side’s goalscoring form, with Villarreal becoming the club to have scored the most goals in the history of the Europa League group stages with tonight’s win: “I’m proud to be able to help and contribute to Villarreal on this journey. In Spain we’re a recognised and respected club, as we are in Europe too. That’s something we can all be proud of and we have to continue working hard and upholding the club’s solid structure.”