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Villarreal are strong at the Madrigal and have not lost in their last 5 semifinals

Villarreal are chasing their first Champions League final, having contested their first Europa League continental final last season.

The Groguetas will be looking to turn the game around and advance to the Champions League final.
The Groguetas will be looking to turn the game around and advance to the Champions League final.

Villarreal, who face Liverpool in their sixth continental semifinal, will try to extend their unblemished home record at La Cerámica, as they have not lost in any of their five previous encounters.

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The team from Castellón is chasing its first Champions League final, after disputing its first Europa League continental final last season, having been eliminated on four occasions, although curiously it did so without losing at home, where its record has been two draws and three victories.

What were those matches?

The first two encounters ended in goalless draws: Valencia in the 2003-2004 UEFA Cup and Arsenal in the 2005-2006 Champions League.

Their first win came against Porto (3-2) in the Europa League of the 2010-2011 season, although the result was sterile as they had been thrashed (5-1) in the first leg.

They would later beat Liverpool (1-0), with Adrian's goal in the first leg of the 2015-2016 season, but a defeat at Anfield (3-0) left them without a final.

The last semi-final had a happy ending and it is that the victory achieved at La Cerámica against Arsenal (2-1), last season, gave them a place in the final after a goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium.

Emery is aware of the difficult task ahead

Villarreal's coach, Unai Emery, assured that this Tuesday they will host Liverpool, in the second leg of the Champions League semifinals, knowing that they are facing the "best team in the world", although he recalled that they have their weapons and the crowd at La Cerámica to overcome their rival.

"We are very excited. We are going to play in the Champions League semifinals. We played 90 minutes against the favorites... in their stadium, they beat us fairly. But we were able to defend well and we are determined to play our game, to look for our chances, to face them and win the duels," said Unai Emery at the official press conference.

On what may change in relation to the first leg, Emery was clear. "First, we play at La Cerámica, we will be with our fans; second, we have to win; and third, we have to defend. The defensive game must be brutal. And from there, we have to be able to find what we didn't find there, our game," he explained.

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