A bittersweet point. Villarreal drew against Real Madrid, but deserved more. That's what Unai Emery thought: "Their goal was a mistake. We were all caught off guard, even the assistant referee. From there, we were thrown off, but we improved and bit by bit we got closed to their area. From my point of view, drawing against the current champions could leave us pleased, but after having seen the game, I feel that we should have got the three points. We need to continue improving. We deserved to win."
For Emery, the opponent that his side came across were dangerous: "Real Madrid have played with a number of players who are used to winning Champions Leagues. We prepared this match well and I don't think it would have been a different result with Ramos and Casemiro in the starting XI.·
To conclude, Emery looks to the future with optimism and ambition: "I want stability in our growth. This result allows us to continue on the right path, but we need to be self-critical and self-demanding. I think we've let two points slip out of our hands and we aren't 100% satisfied. We're taking steps to grow."