Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli was left frustrated after his team dropped two points at home to a resolute Villarreal side on Sunday.
The result leaves the Andalucians three points behind leaders Real Madrid – who have played two games fewer – as they were left to rue missed opportunities against the Yellow Submarine, including a Samir Nasri penalty – ensuring it was the first time since August 2015 that Sevilla had failed to score in a home fixture.
"We couldn't make the most of our chances across the 90 minutes and our opponents set up with an extremely defensive approach," the Argentine coach explained to the media after the game.
"But we were not forceful enough and couldn't claim the points.
"The most important thing we did today was take charge of the game from the first whistle, and I think we deserved a bit more."
Next up for the Europa League winners is a trip to Las Palmas, who are undefeated at home this campaign.
"We obviously have to think about the next game," Sampaoli added.
"But we certainly wanted to avoid [drawing]. We wanted to win to make up for the loss last Sunday.
"I'm satisfied with the team's attitude because we stood up against a rival without fear of the consequences, seeking a goal from the first second to the last."