Valencia’s tactician, Unay Emerey was obviously disappointed with his team’s elimination from the Europa League by Atletico Madrid, but the Spaniard manly admitted that Diego Simeone’s squad were the better team in their two meetings.
Emery admitted that not being able to reach the final left a bitter taste for El Che but he urged his players to forget about Europa League and continue their focus in maintaining the third place spot at La Liga.
Speaking more about their 1-0 defeat in the second leg to Atletico on Thursday, Emery revealed that his team’s failure to score a goal first was simply what made things difficult for them before eventually Adrian netted the heart breaking goal for the visitor. Aside from that, the tactician also believed their poor showing at Vincente Calderon just put their fate already at stake even before the match at Mestalla kicked off.
“They were better and deserved to win, It was key for us to score a goal and we were not able to do this. We were close to scoring in the first half, but that was not enough. If we had scored, we would have taken the match to our side, but that was not the case. I am happy with the fact that we were all together, fans and team, but the first leg played a key role,” Emery stated.
Furthermore, Emery also refused to talk about his future at the club claiming that it’s still not the time for discussing anything as he still wants to ensure Valencia’s passage into next year’s Champions League. The tactician urged his players to give their all for the remaining four games in La Liga so they can secure their current third spot which would guarantee a direct passage into next season’s prestigious European football competition.
“Now it is not the time to talk about my continuity. That is not important. The most important thing now is that Valencia can compete at the highest level in Europe again and for that, La Liga is the way,” Emery added. “We are sad that we will not play any final, neither in the Copa del Rey, nor in the Europa League, but now we have to focus on our main goal, which is to qualify for the Champions League.”