Marcelino delighted as Villarreal secure CL spot

Villarreal manager Marcelino García Toral was elated after a 2-0 win over Valencia at Mestalla on Sunday secured fourth place in La Liga, and Champions League football for next season.

Goals from Samu and Adrián López won it for the Yellow Submarine, who also have the second leg of their Europa League semi-final against Liverpool coming up on Thursday.

"It's a real success," Marcelino said. "Budget-wise, we're the seventh team in the league. This season is one to remember.

"We started really well and the early goal gave us confidence. At the same time our opponents made it difficult for us.

"We were really precise in our play and linked up extremely well. We created danger and we could have scored a third. They had few chances and our players had a good game all round.

"This squad doesn't have any amazing individuals, but we're 90 minutes away from our first European final in history and we've qualified for the Champions League after finishing fourth. It's an extraordinary achievement.

"I'm always proud of this team. We've qualified for the Champions League with players that don't usually play as much, this makes me even prouder if that's possible."

Now that a place in the Champions League qualifiers has been assured, Marcelino will be focusing on their upcoming trip to Anfield, and a potential place in the Europa League final at St. Jakob-Park in Basel, Switzerland.

"Tomorrow we will of course we will be thinking about Thursday, preparing ourselves to suffer there and hoping that that suffering will take us to the final. If we are lucky enough to get through we will be able to focus all our attention on the final and that's a real positive," he added.

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