And four. Unai Emery made history this Wednesday night by winning the fourth Europa League of his coaching career. His Villarreal won after the suspense in the final against Manchester United (1-1, 11 tab to 10). A wonderful gift for his 100th in C3 (32 more than any other coach). A formidable revenge against a Premier League team, after taking out his ex Arsenal in the semi-final.
“For Unai Emery it’s a fourth victory in the competition and another triumph to suggest Arsenal was wrong in firing him. Ridiculed because he said “good ebening”, he will celebrate all night “, can we read in the columns of the Telegraph. “So he said ‘ebening’ with a funny accent in a language that is not his own. Is that it, really? Obviously, Emery’s results at Arsenal were not the best, but Mikel Arteta shows that dealing with this club can be very complicated ”, leave him alone Mirror, before insisting.
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“The Spaniard is an excellent manager and a high level tactician in Europe and it would not be surprising to see him land in a club more upscale than Villarreal”. Like a form of mea culpa from across the Channel. At the end of the meeting, the Iberian, he defended himself to be revenge on his last experiences. “I insist, it is not at all a sporting revenge”, he blurted out.
This Thursday, the coach of the yellow submarine is taken to the skies in Spain. “Unai Emery is unique”, coward El Mundo. For Marca, recruiting the former coach of Paris SG (2017-2019) this summer was a masterstroke. “Fernando Roig (the president) wanted to take a step forward. He wanted to win the Europa League and he opted to recruit the coach with the most finals played in the competition rather than keep Javi Calleja, a good coach, who had moved to the youth and had been a player ”, explains the sports daily.
Spain celebrates it
El Periodico Mediterraneo, local newspaper, salutes his tactical demonstration. “Emery added lungs to a Villarreal that seemed to be taking the hit. The reorganization in 4-4-2 arrived with the entries of Coquelin, Alcacer and Moi Gomez. Balance on the scoreboard and on the court … until extra time. Emery got it right with all his changes, Solskjaer didn’t budge on his bench ”, points out the publication.
Luck ? No from work. “With my staff, I analyzed 17 Manchester matches. It’s work, nothing more ”, answered the technician to the journalists, still euphoric in the night of Gdansk, in Poland. Next season, Unai Emery will be able to prove, against the European elite, that he also has the talent to go far, too, in the Champions League, erasing his sad memories of going up with PSG in Barcelona in 2017 (6-1) .
Congratulations to Unai Emery, our former coach, with his 4th @EuropaLeague trophy 🏆🏆🏆🏆
Sad that our team didn’t play in Europa League with him 😅 pic.twitter.com/bLUt77OLAS
– FC Spartak Moscow (@fcsm_eng) May 26, 2021