Villareal coach Unai Emery has had a good start to the season and has talked about the threat of facing Real Madrid this weekend.
“They won’t be more vulnerable,” Emery told Marca. “To climb the table they need to win, and four days later play Inter in another important game. The Real Madrid that plays us and Inter will be the best possible.
“There will be forced changes due to injury or COVID, but it will still be the best Real Madrid. And when all of their starting eleven plays at 100% for 90 minutes it’s very difficult to beat them.”
Emery has also talked about the lack of game time for Real Madrid loanee Kubo.
“Kubo has a process,” he said. “One one hand, you have the Villarreal road and on the other you have the Kubo road. We all want Villarreal to benefit from Kubo’s development and for Kubo to benefit from Villarreal’s at the same time.
“The relationship of young players with their more experienced teammates helps them to grow, acquire confidence and improve their performance.
“A good example of this is the relationship between Pau [Torres] and [Raul] Albiol. That he plays with Albiol makes him feel more secure and confident, and they’re a centre-back pairing that has a very good relationship on the pitch.
“Villarreal has been investing in their academy for a long time and I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t understand that responsibility. I feel privileged to be part of this philosophy that Villarreal have.”