UEFA EUROPA CONFERENCE LEAGUE Aston Villa will learn from Olympiacos mistakes – Emery

Unai Emery was proud of the experiences Aston Villa have shared with the club’s supporters in the Europa Conference League as their run in the competition came to an end.

A first European campaign in 13 years saw Villa reach the semi-finals, where Olympiacos emerged as 6-2 aggregate winners over two legs.

Head coach Emery hopes to use the lessons learned from their journey in the tournament to strengthen them for future challenges. “Congratulations to our supporters,” he said. “They were enjoying this way with us and we are disappointed but we want to tell them thank you because they were here with us, trying to come back the result.

“The first leg we lost a two-goal advantage and it was difficult here today. The first half was the key moment because we played controlling the game and having chances to score but we didn’t do it.

“They scored on one transition and we conceded. Overall, to win is very difficult. I think we have to be getting experiences in this competition and in Europe, playing in a semi-final and getting information and experiences for the next years and the process we’re in.

“We’re fighting in the Premier League for an amazing, amazing objective we have. Firstly, we’re in the Europa League next year and we are improving this year. Secondly, we have the opportunity to get into the Champions League.”

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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