Unai Emery

Villarreal manager Unai Emery has admitted that his plan failed to work in their Wednesday Champions League test against Liverpool.

The Laliga outfit went 2-0 down in the first leg and now faces an uphill task to turn the deficit if they are to make it to the finals of the competition and Emery revealed that they will have to change tact in the second leg.

Speaking after the game, Emery said: “In the semi-finals, you have to go up against these very powerful opponents and the surprise factor was diluted for us. It was a match that we wanted to win but weren’t able to; they didn’t let us take control of the game, and they didn’t let us run.

“Today was resisting as much as we could defensively in order to have a chance in the second match and that we did do. It will be different because we will come up with different things.

“We know they are favorites, that they are better, but also that we can compete with them. Today we didn’t do that and we can’t say we did. But sometimes the negative results must be put in perspective.”

His sentiments were backed by defender Pau Torres who said Villarreal would play differently at the Estadio La Ceramica.

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