Villarreal boss Unai Emery has said Liverpool deserve victory on Wednesday night – but insists the Reds will “suffer” when they travel to Spain for the second leg.
Emery’s side had just one shot at Anfield as they lost 2-0 in the Champions League semi-final first leg.
And although the former Arsenal boss was happy with most aspects of his side’s performance in the first half, he believes the second leg at the Estadio de la Cermica will be ‘very, very different’ from the first.
“We can’t say anything about their win because they deserve it,” Emery said after the game.
“And the first half for us was really good but we didn’t manage some things in attack to make good counter-attacks and good transitions.
“They had two or three chances to score but we defended the box and the goal better than in the second half.
“But the second half was the same, they pushed and they deserved to score. 2-0 is a good result for them.
“For us, it’s not really a good result, but we will try to dream to do something different at home with our supporters.
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“Next week’s game will be very, very different from tonight.”
He added: “Obviously it’s very difficult. After it is 2-0, you can try to score a goal.
“We tried but when they have space to make transitions and with players like them, it’s more important to try to do that next week at home.
“We will change something maybe tactically, but I think they will suffer more than tonight in the next game.”
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