Real Madrid wasn't the only Spanish side in London this week for a vital European match. Villarreal drew 0-0 in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final against Arsenal, securing a spot in the final for the very first time in their history.
, who was fired by Arsenal the season before last, will take special pride in the win. His
side advanced thanks to a 2-1 win over Arsenal in the first leg at La Ceramica, with goals from Manu Trigueros and Raul Albiol.
Nicolas Pepe had netted a late goal in that game for what should have been a game-changing away goal, but it wasn't to be. Villarreal hung in there to earn a huge win for the Spanish club in a game that really counted because neither team's league form guarantees them a place in Europe next season.
These are moments of real emotion,"
Pau Torres said post-game in comments carried byMarca
The 24-year-old continued:
"The whole club, all the supporters deserved it, the president, last year's squad. Now there's nothing to do but enjoy it and prepare well because while it's historic to reach the final, we're not just staying here. We suffered a lot [in the match]. They had chances; we had chances, we had to suffer and retain the character of the team."
After defeating Roma in the other semi-final, Villarreal will face Manchester United in the final.
"We'll face a great team that's going to make things very difficult for us," he admitted. "It couldn't be that the two finals were English. For Villarreal to represent Spanish football in a final is very nice."