EUROPA LEAGUE: What Emery said after winning Valencia in first leg


Emery said after winning Valencia in first leg

Emery said after winning Valencia in first leg his side won’t just relax but go for more.

Arsenal boss, Unai Emery believes attack will be the best form of defence for Arsenal when they visit Valencia for the second leg of their Europa League semi-finals

Emery’s side will visit Valencia next week for the second leg of their semi-final clash after 3-1 home win at the Emirates Stadium in Thursday.

Brace from Alexandre Lacazette in the first-half canceled out Mouctar Diakhaby’s deserved early opener for the visitors, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang adding a third in the final minute.

Arsenal has hope of securing a place in the final in Baku on May 29 if they concede fewer than two goals at the Mestalla.

But, having been impressed by his strike partnership in the first leg, former Valencia coach Emery said his side will not rest on their laurels but will go for more goals.

”We need to play there thinking to win, thinking to score, thinking to take our moment in attack,’ he said.

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”They are going to feel strong with their supporters there. Aubameyang and Lacazette played very well.

”We managed to get in dangerous situations near their goal, and in the first half towards the end we got in four to five times out wide.

”The game was played in strange circumstances given how it started…there were moments where we got things right and times when we didn’t, and they could have scored in the second half.’

Emery, a three consecutive times winner of Europa League titles while at Sevilla insists the tie remains firmly in the balance.

”It’s not normal Valencia concede three goals. They are a very, very good team,’ he added.

”And it is the reason I am very proud of our work today but it’s going to be very difficult.

”I still believe that the tie is in the balance, we know how tough it will be to beat Valencia again. And they will be looking to respond.

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In the other hand, Valencia coach Marcelino thought his side matched the hosts for much of the game and still believed the Laliga outfit could make the final.

”We are very sorry that we didn’t manage to get a better result this evening. Arsenal made the most of their opportunities, their first two attacks resulted in goals,’ he said.

”We know how tough it will be to win 2-0 against a very good side but, if we have our fans behind us and get things right next week, we know that we can do it.

”We played well and the goal towards the end was a surprise, nobody was expecting it. And it makes it a more difficult situation for us. (But) it doesn’t take anything away from our thoughts that we can still reach the final, he added.


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