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Villarreal coach Emery delighted as victory at Barcelona clinches Euro place

Villarreal coach Unai Emery hailed his players after victory at Barcelona.

The 2-0 win sees Villarreal reach the Europa Conference League for next season.

Emery said: “Today, it was the last chance we had to get into Europe, and we capitalised on our opportunity. We put in a great performance, we were competitive and we were at our best against a great opponent. The team put in a really professional job, showing responsibility and being able to find a good result."

In the press conference, Emery was positive about being in Europe next season: “We're a European team once more. The Conference League is a relatively new competition, but we will try and find ourselves and compete well."

Finally, he recognised that the Submarine were unable to find consistency in various stages of the LaLiga season: “We know that we haven't been able to find the performance and continuity that we wanted. It's true that the competitive capability that we showed in the Champions League will go down in history, but we spent a lot of our energy, and that affected us in LaLiga. This has been a tough week, because we know how important this competition is. Because of that, after the win, I'm particularly happy."


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