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Unai Emery, Villarreal players can hold their heads high after nearly pulling off epic Champions League upset

Villarreal CF briefly wrote themselves into UEFA Champions League history on Tuesday by producing a magnificent 2-0 first half display against Liverpool having trailed by two goals from the first leg. It was the stuff dreams are made of at Estadio de la Ceramica as Etienne Capoue turned provider twice to tee up Boulaye Dia for an early lead and then Francis Coquelin for the crucial leveler.
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Villarreal v Liverpool: Does Unai Emery get respect he deserves?

Guiding unfancied Villarreal to the Champions League semi-finals ought to have been a career highlight for Unai Emery, the manager who has taken a team from a town with a smaller population than Clacton-on-Sea to the pinnacle of European football. Yet a common theme of the Yellow Submarine's run to...

Unai Emery waits to play his hand as Villarreal plot ‘perfect game’ against Liverpool

Unai Emery summed it up fairly well in his post-match press conference last week. “We wanted to win, we weren’t able to. We wanted to draw, we weren’t able to. We wanted to keep the score down to one, we weren’t able to. We wanted to score and couldn’t.” In other words, things have not exactly gone to plan for Villarreal in this Champions League semi-final tie so far. “But at home,” he added, “let’s see what we can do.”There were parts of the first leg at Anfield that resembled one of Liverpool’s more straightforward Premier League engagements this season....

Jurgen Klopp knows better than to underestimate Unai Emery

The first time Jurgen Klopp went head-to-head with Unai Emery, it was a chastening experience for the German. The two men face off again tonight when Liverpool host Villarreal in the Champions League semi-final at Anfield.The Merseyside club are the favourites to advance to the final in Paris but Klopp’s experience in another European showpiece game will make him wary of any team managed by his Spanish counterpart.Emery was in charge of Seville in the Europa League final six years ago. It was the last game of Klopp’s first season at Anfield. As well as a trophy, the prize was...