The Villarreal player, Dani Parejo, he affirmed in statements to Movistar at the end of the match against the Manchester United, what your team has made history by winning this final and that the fans and the club deserve it.
Parejo dedicated the victory to the president of the club, Fernando Roig, who was not allowed to be in the match as a result of having passed the covid-19, to his own family and to all the fans of the club. “It has been a very tough game, we have suffered, worse we have also handled it in some moments and we have scored all the penalties,” said Parejo, who also stressed the importance of being in the next edition of the Champions League.
Coquelin: “It was a fairy tale”
Francis Coquelin also assured that beating Manchester United in a final is “unbelievable” and that the Europa League it has been “like a fairy tale”. “It was a very tough competition and playing against Manchester United, a great team, we knew it was going to be difficult. We couldn’t get into the Champions League through the league, so winning the title is something special, it’s also the first trophy for the team, “Coquelin told BT Sport. “It’s a great way to end the season. We had a tough game, they put a lot of pressure on us and we had to endure, especially in the second half. Penalties are a lottery, but we managed to win.” “The tournament has been a fairy tale. Beating them in the final is incredible. We are going to try to celebrate it because it has been something incredible for the club. The president could not be here so I hope he enjoyed it in front of television” Coquelin added.
Gerard Moreno: “I thought I had to take the twelfth penalty”
The forward of the Villarreal Gerard Moreno said, after proclaiming himself champion of the Europa League, that he came to think that he had to launch the twelfth launch of an “endless” penalty shoot-out. Villarreal took the title against Manchester United by transform the eleven releases available while the Argentine Gero Rulli stopped last the English team to also goalkeeper of the rival team, the Spanish David De Gea. “It is undoubtedly the best year of my career, both individually and collectively. It is a dream to achieve this. We are in a cloud and now that the people of Vila-real enjoy it,” said the attacker, who has scored seven goals in the present edition of the Europa League. “Now we have to celebrate it in a big way because it is very difficult to achieve what we just did,” he concluded.
Albiol: “I don’t remember having taken a penalty since childhood”
The defender Raul Albiol He was exultant after being proclaimed champion in the penalty shootouts, in which he had to shoot one, a situation that he does not remember occurring in his career from the infantile category. After a penalty shootout with twenty-two shots, Villarreal won the title after not missing one of the eleven they had. “It has been incredible, crazy, what we have experienced is something very big and we just have to enjoy it in a big way,” said Albiol, who confessed that they had not tried penalties. “We have achieved a triple prize. In addition to the title, thanks to this triumph we will play the next edition of the Champions League and the European Super Cup. It is a dream come true, “said the Valencian defender.” Now we are going on vacation with the greatest possible joy and celebrating it in a big way, “he added.
Emery completes his title poker in the Europa League
The Basque coach of Villarreal, Unai Emery, has become the first who has achieved a title poker in the Europa League after the three he obtained with Sevilla. This fourth title has come in his fifth final and they have allowed him to overcome the Italian Giovanni Trapattoni, with whom he shared his three won competitions.
The Villarreal coach added his three previous titles in a row and on the Sevilla bench by winning the 2014 finals against Benfica, 2015 with Dnipro and 2016 against Liverpool; while he lost the 2019 final against Chelsea with Arsenal.
Mario and Albiol raised the glass with the fans in tears
Villarreal captains Mario Gaspar and Raul Albiol lifted the Europa League trophy while many of the 2,100 fans displaced to Gdansk to witness the game they cried because they couldn’t contain the emotion of seeing their team win. Before receiving the trophy, the Villarreal players made the rival corridor on their way to the commemorative medals and later, when it was their turn to collect them, many kissed the trophy before the captains lifted it. Subsequently, they gave the lap of honor, cut the net of the goal in which the final was resolved and hugged each other and began to take photos and wave flags.
At the same time, fans who had not traveled they filled the streets of Vila-real to celebrate the success won by a team from a town of 51,000 who had beaten a rival in Manchester United history in a final resolved in a way that was unprecedented.