Villarreal enjoyed the best night in their history this past Wednesday, beating Manchester United on penalties to win the Europa League, the first major title of their history. It was a thrilling end to a remarkable European campaign, one Unai Emery’s men navigated with confidence and competence; clean at one end, ruthless at the other.
Étienne Capoue. Some fella. Boozed up, full of the joys and on a bus, he implores the powers-that-be at Villarreal to do everything they can to keep Pau Torres and Gerard Moreno at the club for their Champions League tilt next season. 💛#LLL
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Keys to their success was Pau Torres and Gerard Moreno. Pau is their great young hope; a homegrown academy product expected to start for La Roja at this summer’s European Championships and tipped for great things. Moreno is a few years older, but was the best-performing Spanish forward in La Liga this season and will also be part of Luis Enrique’s squad. Both have been linked with big-money moves this summer.
It’s within this context that Etienne Capoue, clearly enjoying life on an open-top bus celebrating Villarreal’s achievement, made a speech imploring the powers-that-be at Villarreal to give both the money they want and keep them at the club, retaining them to set up a tilt at the Champions League next season.