Although he has only played eight games this season, Alberto Moreno is part of the staff of the Villarreal that will play this Wednesday the Europa League final against Manchester United. It will be the final third of the European championship for the Sevillian left-back, after which he already played with Sevilla and Liverpool. “I will demand it from the next team I sign for in the contract,” Moreno joked in an interview. a The Guardian in which he has regretted not understanding why he was the main signal of the defeat of Liverpool in the 2016 Europa League final.
“I still do not understand the rain of critics. In the first goal they left me, yes. But I am a defender. They also do it to Sergio Ramos, the best central defender in the world, how could it not happen to me? ”, he explained.
“The whole team did not play well. But they all pointed towards the same player. I do not agree that it is okay for the public to only criticize you. I just lost a final, it’s difficult, and you can’t get it out of your head. I read the press and only saw ‘Alberto, Alberto, Alberto’. I will go to grave without understanding why I am entirely to blame ”, he added.
That Seville with Unai emery on the bench he stole from Liverpool the opportunity to win the Europa League. In fact, as Alberto Moreno has told, Emery, precisely his coach now, boasts on many occasions of having dried up that powerful left wing formed by Alberto Moreno and Coutinho. He did it with a double lateral, with Mariano Ferreria and Coke Andújar, who also scored two goals.
His relationship with Klopp
“My relationship with Klopp was perfect. Together with Unai, he has been the best coach I have ever had. But protecting myself would have helped me, giving me opportunities that never came. I don’t know if it was because of Klopp or because of the club ”, he said. The following season after the defeat, Klopp gave Milner the alternative on the left side, something that complicated the starting position for Moreno, but to which he recovered: “If the coach puts a midfielder who is right-handed in that position, that is that he doesn’t love me. But in the following season, I started playing and even returned to a squad in Spain after three years ”.
However, a knee injury first and the prodigious appearance of Andrew Robertson later they removed Moreno from the team. “He played at a great level and that was it. I did not have a chance again ”, he assumed.
Villarreal, against history
Villarreal will seek this Wednesday to win its first Europa League against the historic Manchester United in Poland. The victory would not only grant Villarreal the prestigious trophy, but it would also give them a pass to compete in the next edition of the UEFA Champions League.