The three times Europa League winner talked about the difficulty of pursuing the European title as his side secured themselves a spot among the last 16 of the competition.
took downRB Salzburg
with a 2-1 victory in their last 32 of Europa League clash after having already secured a spot in their away game with a 2-0 win to join the last 16 competing for the European title.
gave Salzburg the advantage in the early minutes of the game,Gerard Moreno
was happy to turn the tables around for theLa Liga
side with a brace.
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, Villarreal manager, Unai Emery, who hopes to see his men continue their fight for the silverware having already won it on three previous occasions, said:
“We competed very well across the 180 minutes, with phases of little brilliance but reliability.”
“These qualifying rounds require adaptation to the rival. We’ve been compact and found the necessary transitions, and it’s a satisfaction to see the team remain so balanced despite having to respond to going 1-0 down. The 90 minutes we played in Austria helped us settle today.”
“We have to continue on our path and know that the Europa League is getting more and more difficult. We have to get excited by the process of going step-by-step rather than thinking beyond the last 16. It will a difficult and strong opponent, and we’ll try to compete well in that tie.”