Unai Emery insists that making history with Villarreal in the Europa League final is more important than ‘settling the score with English football’ as the former Arsenal boss looks set to become the first manager to win the European league for the fourth time.
- Unai Emery says making history with Villarreal is more important than proving a point
- Emery may be the first boss to win the European competition for the fourth time
- He says that when they are ‘at their best’ they have a chance to beat Man United
Unai emery said making history with Spanish minnows Villarreal is more important to him than proving any other point in English football as he prepares to take on Manchester United.
Arsenal, who was fired in 2019, defeated his former club in the semi-finals and now has the chance to become the first manager to win the Europa League or UEFA Cup for the fourth time.
Asked if he still had feelings of revenge when he entered the match, he said, ‘No, I owe it to this club and those who have built it up by now. I have no personal score to settle against English football.
Unai Emery said making history with Spanish minnows Villarreal is more important to him than proving any other point for English football as he prepares to take on Manchester United.
‘Breaking barriers was the goal when I came to Villarreal and we did when we got past a semi-final in a final for the first time ever. We are proud of that, but we have a responsibility to go one step further. We want to enjoy it, but we want to win it. ‘
Emery confirmed that winger Samuel Chukwueze will miss the game due to an injury, but Juan Foyth, who loaned Tottenham, is available for selection.
“We can’t escape the reality that they were the favorites from the start,” he said of United. ‘But we are candidates. They have good players, a history, but we have options. When we’re at our best, we have a chance. ‘
He could become the first manager to win the Europa League or UEFA Cup for the fourth time
Emery confirmed that winger Samuel Chukwueze (above) will miss the game due to injury
Emery spoke about the competition ahead of his fifth final and admitted in an interview in Marca that he once defended his honor against Sir Alex Ferguson.
Emery said he attended a coaching meeting in Nyon while the Valencia manager discussed UEFA’s second league. Ferguson asked me, “But wouldn’t you like to win the Champions League?” And I said: “Yes of course, but the Europa League is a place where many teams, fans and players can find important recognition”. ‘
Emery was well aware that it is now United standing between him and a record fourth-winner medal, saying: ‘United have been playing the Europa League for many years, hoping to win it, and sometimes has to win to the Champions League. .
“That’s what brought the Europa League as a competition closer to the Champions League.”