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Trying to show continuity
Trying to show continuity

Unai Emery is hoping to capitalise on the positive momentum after the European win to get a victory over Rayo Vallecano (Sunday, 2pm CET)

Villarreal head coach Unai Emery appeared in front of the media this Saturday to analyse the upcoming match against Rayo Vallecano, which will take place tomorrow at 2pm CET, at the Estadio de la Cerámica.

In his press conference, the Yellows manager underlined that Villarreal need to capitalise on the good feelings after the game against Atalanta: “We’re going into the game after joy in the Champions League, and we’re looking to take that into LaLiga. We want to put in a good performance against Rayo Vallecano. I’m optimistic that we can do so. We need to be mentally ready, as well as showing a high physical, technical and tactical level.”

The Basque manager praised the opposition, who have had an impressive start to the season: “They’re a team who are going into the match in great form. They’re a newly-promoted team this year and they’ve kept the positive points from last season, and that’s paying off. They’re in the European spots and they’re above us in the table.”

Regarding the opposition’s playing style, Emery emphasized that Rayo Vallecano are a brave side who have a very defined playing style: “They’re a daring side, who want to be near the opposition goal. They always play the same way, with the same idea, from the first to the last minute and regardless of the score.”

Finally, regarding returning to LaLiga action for Emery is a new opportunity to move up the table: “Our aim is to cut the distance between us and Rayo Vallecano. To do that, we need to dig in. We want the fans to be behind us and help us to get the three points.”