Champions League – Resurrection at Villarreal and future national team: Emery, full-time professor emeritus

There are evenings that are less easy to live with than others. Last week in Liverpool, Villarreal suffered the law of the Reds in their garden on Anfield Road after a one-way Champions League semi-final first leg (2-0). Face tense and logically disappointed in the microphone of Movistar +, Unai Emery showed precision in the analysis of the match. “They are such a powerful team that it is difficult to containrecognized the coach of the yellow submarine. In the semifinals, the surprise factor of the quarters and the second round was diluted. This time we played the away first leg for the first time. They didn’t let us take control of the game, they didn’t let us run. Tonight it was about standing on the defensive to keep hope alive and in a way we did. With us it will be different. We will show another face. ” Flea?

Villarreal, from magnificent loser to cold-blooded winner

As crazy as it may seem at the sight of the first leg, Emery believes Villarreal will return in front of the home crowd to qualify for the final. For this it will probably be necessary to silence the third best attack of the competition with 27 goals, behind Manchester City (28) and Bayern Munich (31). Liverpool are also the second most productive team in the competition (133), just behind Bayern Munich (141). But above all, Liverpool are the team that has played the most duels for ball possession since the beginning of the competition (1,146 against 1,012 for … Villarreal, fourth in the standings). All these figures, probably Emery already knows. Still, the Basque believes in the impossible. But come to think of it, would this be the first time ever that the Hondarribia native would surprise the world at Villarreal? Not really no.

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When Emery arrives at Villarreal in the summer of 2020, the club seeks new life to dust off the past of a team that arrived in the round of 16 of the 2005-2006 C1 thanks to its magician Juan Roman Riquelme. That said, the Argentine attacking midfielder also wore a less striking costume: that of the author of the wrong penalty that condemns the Amarillos to elimination against Arsenal (0-1, 0-0). Fifteen years later, it is against the Gunners that Emery will exorcise the demons of the past by qualifying his team for the 2020-2021 Europa League final (2-1, 0-0), before winning the C3 against Manchester United (1- 1, 11-10 on penalties). “Two years earlier, Villarreal had never played a final in their entire historyanalyzes Javier Irureta, former coach of Emery during his past as a player at Real Sociedad. Now the club has a Europa League and participation in the European Super Cup. It is simply fantastic. “

The big club: a question of timing

From now on, the Groguets see their coach as a formidable male boss paired with a professor who specializes in psychological match preparation. “Before last season, Emery was considered a great coach in Spain, but with a glass ceilingdescribes Bruno Alemany, journalist from Cadena SER. The title in the Europa League has changed dimensions. His way of playing by pulling the ball out from the back opens the doors to more prestigious clubs in Valencia, Seville or VillarrealLittle regarded overseas by his mixed experiences at Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal, Emery could see his popularity skyrocket if he signs with one of the Spanish league leaders. But in practice it gets complicated.

I don’t think there will be any changes on the benches of Real Madrid, FC Barcelona or Atlético de Madrid this summerslice the alemany. Ancelotti has earned the right to continue his tenure at Real given his La Liga title and his current strong momentum in the Champions League. Xavi’s project takes time and is a legend for all of Barcelona. For Simeone, he is also considered an Atlético legend. ”

90 minutes to change the face of your season

That said, Villarreal’s current seventh place in La Liga would force Emery to win the Champions League to offer a European future to his employer next season. So how do you get over the Liverpool hurdle? Before letting European magic speak, Emery will above all need to demonstrate a strong science of the game and perhaps bring out the ingredients of his 2015-2016 Europa League final won with Sevilla FC against … Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool (3-1 ), after losing 1-0 at half-time.

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90 minutes is both short and long. During the return of the quarter-finals of the 2003-2004 Champions League, Javier Irureta had recovered with a three-goal advantage over Carlo Ancelotti’s Milan at the end of an evening engraved in the memory of all Deportivo La Corunna fans (1- 4, 4 -0). This Tuesday, Emery will have “only” two more goals to score than the Reds to afford an extension.

Emery will be the coach of Spain

From the start of the match we were convinced that we could overthrow Milanexplains Irureta. The aim was not necessarily to score the three goals in the first period even if we had achieved them. For Villarreal it will take patience and rely on the atmosphere created by the public. The important thing is to never let go of the pressure on the opponent and start sowing doubts in his mind. Getting 1-0 at half-time would already be a good thing. With the first goal of the match conceded, Liverpool may be concerned about seeing the second. The two things to keep in mind in this type of match are trust and faith. “

Imagining a city of 50,000 inhabitants qualifying for the final at the Stade de France and winning Europe’s biggest competition would be a fabulous story. Beyond the geographical feat, it could also push Emery into the same category as a certain José Mourinho, winner of the Europa League with FC Porto in 2002-2003 and winner of the Champions League with FC Porto the following season. A wise connoisseur of Spanish football, could Emery outright shine on a potential managerial position if he decides to leave Villarreal after a historic season? “Emery is prepared to be the coach of Spainsays Alemanno. Lately he has shown that his attacking game has gone well, his teams are no longer just dangerous vertically. He manages to find alternative solutions to hurt the opponentThis is good: we will have to change plans to find out how to do badly at Liverpool.

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