Villarreal coach Unai Emery was left satisfied with their 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid.
Defensive pair Pau Torres and Alberto Moreno struck the goals for the hosts.
Emery said,”Logically, we are affected by our absences, but we have alternatives to be able to find responses on the pitch. That’s what the squad is for. We put in a good performance, we controlled the game against the current LaLiga champions. It was a challenge, to try and cut the distance between us, while sticking to our ideas and showing off our individual capabilities. The team competed well and wanted to take a step forward against a strong opponent. We need to feel satisfied and continued. We spoke about winning, and if we couldn’t do that, then drawing.
“The team responded well and executed the plan, with the players convinced of it too. We need to be capable of showing a more demanding competitive mentality and increase our focus. They are things that come with time, and they don’t come from one player, they come from everyone. We have had COVID-19 cases, like everyone, but we couldn’t have prepared for the game any better. We came up against a great side who capitalised on their few chances.”
He added: “We’re on Matchday 20. LaLiga is a competition about being consistent. If we’re where we are, it’s where we deserve to be at the moment, even if we’re feeling good. We need to be consistent, and we also have a great tie coming up against Juventus, which keeps us very focused.”
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