Alex Baena: Villarreal players blindsided by Emery departure

Alex Baena admits Villarreal’s players were hit hard by Unai Emery’s departure for Aston Villa.

Baena says Emery’s move blindsided the players.

He told Mundo Deportivo: “It was a bit weird. Nobody expected it. It was from one afternoon to another.

“Last year I lived it far away and it seemed that the same situation was going to occur that he was going to leave, but in the end no. But it was a professional decision, which everyone may not understand, but those of us who are part of this can understand it.

“Emotionally it left us a bit touched because we already had the work done, from many years together… it was a bit hard to resume everything with a new coach with a new system and a new mentality of the game. But we are a squad that looks like a family and everything is going to be fine.

“We are together with the coach (Quique Setien).”