Press conference

How did Emery react to our Europa League draw?

We were drawn against Sporting Lisbon, Qarabag and Vorskla Poltava in this season’s Europa League group stage.

Unai Emery faced the media shortly after the draw was made on Friday afternoon, and was asked for his immediate reaction to discovering our Group E opponents.

“First it’s three teams and we’ll have the recipe for them,” he said. “After this, we want to go far in this competition. Each match is different and each match involves a lot of travel.

“For some, the travel is very long but it’s like that. The adaptation for these three teams needs to be positive and we need to face them with ambition and our interest to do well in the competition.

“When you play two matches in a week, you have more time to prepare for the matches, to prepare the players physically. When you play three matches in a week, it’s hard. There’s less time to prepare for the match and work physically, but we want it like that. 

“We want to play three matches in a week with the league and the cups. After the international break, we are going to play a lot of matches. In this moment, we are not playing every player in this squad because we’re only playing one match every week. But I am sure we’re going to use a lot of players after this international break.”

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