What do you expect from Villarreal and the game tomorrow?
“Well, you expect what you have learned about Villarreal, the last few seasons and of course, we had a final against them not long ago, which we remember not too fondly. As clubs, we’ve played each other five times and every game has been a draw, 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 0-0 and 1-1, and unfortunately, they win the penalty shoot-out, they’re very well organised, [they’ve got] very good individual players, tactically, or technically, very good. You see so many times that they play from the back, play with the technically gifted players they have, it’s hard to press against them which I thought we did well against them in the final – pressed up against them quite well, won the ball a few times. Difficult to create chances against them of course and we have to be better than we were in the final. We have to be better on the decisions, better on the passing, better on the quality, maybe more tempo to create chances. It was a very even final.”
I don’t think it’s the time for knee-jerk reactions but the fact that you lost your first game, does that increase the pressure on you to get a positive result tomorrow? Even though it’s just one game and very early, if you end up with one point or no points from two games, suddenly it becomes very difficult…
“Yeah, you’re right. It’s a group stage, there’s only six games, you need 10, maybe 12 points to go through most likely and we lost three points last time. Atalanta and Villarreal drew last time too, Villarreal [getting] one point at home maybe isn’t enough for them to say a draw [on Wednesday] is good enough for them either. It’s two teams that will be going for three points. If you end up with zero or one point from the first two games, you need to win the last four, probably. It’s still not a must-win game but it’s a very important game definitely. As I said after Young Boys, home games, if you get three wins at home and you win one away game, you should be through. The focus is on three points, we’ve been looking at Villarreal again of course, looking at the final, looking at what we can do better, what was good in that game and we’ll get a good response from the weekend of course.”