Escriba: Villarreal can recover

Fran Escriba believes Villarreal’s Champions League play-off isn’t ‘insurmountable’ despite a first leg defeat at home to Monaco.

The Yellow Submarine fell 2-1 to the Ligue 1 side but Escriba, only recently appointed after the surprise departure of Marcelino, sees a way back for his team.

“We can turn it around. It’s not an insurmountable result. If we minimise mistakes, we have options. There will be two difficult weeks because we have casualties. Right now I’m only thinking of the game against Granada and then we’ll figure in Monaco,” he said, AS reports, before elaborating on the 90 minutes at El Madrigal.

“We made more mistakes than the opponent, some of them important. We had opportunities to score and I think a draw would have been the most fair. We lost and now we have to overcome it when we go to Monaco.

“The players and fans deserve to be in the Champions League. The only thing we can tell the fans is that we won’t lower our arms and we’ll try to qualify until the end.”

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