Speaking to reporters after the game, Thiago said: "We have to recognise that we are playing a semi-final of the Champions League against a tough team like Villarreal and have to have the space to be ourselves, that's the key.
"I really enjoyed the team performance, that for me is the best thing, because we put our level as high as possible and we delivered today."
On second leg, he added: "It will be hard there, I know this stadium before because of my time at Barcelona but we don't have time to think about the game there we have to think about our game at the weekend so that's all for us."
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