Exclusive: For Villarreal boss the draw was fair

Manager Javier Calleja believes the Spartak match was crazy and at the end, the result was good for both teams

Russian Premier League club Spartak Moscow and Spanish La Liga side Villarreal played a very entertaining match tonight in the UEFA Europa League, drawing 3-3 at Otkritie Arena.

The game in the Russian capital was played under a light rain and a temperature of only 4 degrees Celcius, leaving both teams sliding in the field.

But for Villarreal boss Javier Calleja, the tie was fair after how both teams played.

“An away point is always good, although we came to look for the three points,” a very tranquil Calleja asked.

“The most difficult part was to take advantage in the scoreboard, and after the second goal we have suffered for more than half an hour, that’s when Spartak fought back to get the lead.”

“When they scored the 3-2 we have believed until the end, we fought, and the draw has come. In my opinion, this point is fair,” the Spanish coach added.

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Villarreal got the lead twice, but couldn’t keep it and there were almost some minutes where the team almost lost tonight.

“We have failed to control the match better. There were many spaces, constant transitions and that has benefited Spartak.”

“Today is just one more day to keep learning,” Calleja commented. “In the last half hour of the match, we had to take advantage of the spaces they were leaving by counter-attacking us. We should have killed the match with clearer counter-attacks.”

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