Champions League: Unai Emery’s revenge

After taking out Juventus in the previous round, Villarreal achieved a new feat against Bayern Munich and qualified for the second time in their history in the semi-finals of the Champions League. It is even a first for his trainer Unai Emery, who nevertheless had a much higher quality workforce. At least on paper.

Villarreal have achieved a new feat. After defeating Juventus in the previous round (1-1, 3-0), the Spanish club this time eliminated Bayern Munich against all odds (1-0, 1-1), preserving the precious but oh so deserved success of the first leg. German arrogance before the return finally had the opposite effect. Unai Emery’s troops were more motivated than ever and everyone now recognizes the merit of the Basque coach.

“In these competitions I’ve had less of a run in the Champions League, but more in the Europa League, and what I take away from my experience is that if you want to achieve anything, you have to beat the big teams on your way”, advances the one who has won the C3 4 times (three with Sevilla FC and one last year with Villarreal). After dominating Bayern last week, he pulled off his tactical move last night at the Allianz Arena, patiently waiting for the right moment to strike.

Emery has no star available at Villarreal

However, before this double confrontation, we did not give much of our skin against one of the big favorites of the competition. “The draw is always important because a lot of times teams can’t overcome those hurdles. But to do something, you have to beat teams that are favorites or teams that are better than you in theory or have a better chance of doing well. So, with Juventus, we have taken a step and that has reaffirmed our abilities, our conviction and our confidence. »

For the first time in his career, Emery qualified for the semi-finals of the C1. Not with Arsenal, nor with PSG but with Villarreal, who have returned to the last four since their only stint in the 2005/2006 season. This time no star like Neymar, Mbappé, Özil or other Aubameyang but excellent ball players like Moreno, Danjuma, Lo Celso or even Chukwueze that he manages to play as a team to thwart all predictions. Emery takes his revenge on the past.

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