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Edinson Cavani’s message to Unai Emery ahead of Europa League final

Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has praised Villarreal boss Unai Emery ahead of the Europa League final, having played under him for two seasons at Paris Saint-Germain.

Cavani believes Emery, who won the competition on three occasions during his time in charge of Sevilla, will “work a lot and prepare really well” for the final.

Speaking to UEFA’s official website, Cavani said that he “really liked his way of working”, saying: “From the moment Unai arrived at Paris, he showed his passion for football.

“I really liked his way of working; he is a coach who’s going to work a lot and prepare really well for the Europa League final. He’s definitely going to analyse it very well.

Edinson Cavani continues to impress at Manchester United

“I know from my own experience that it’s the small details that determine these kinds of games; they are won in the small aspects, and for that you need to be very focused.

“You have to play a perfect match. I know that Unai is like that: he’s a hard-working coach. And that is why he has won titles, trophies wherever he’s worked.”

Cavani worked under current Villarreal head coach Unai Emery for two seasons during their time at PSG
Cavani worked under current Villarreal head coach Unai Emery for two seasons during their time at PSG (Photo by Jose Miguel Fernandez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

There will be fans in attendance for the final, with UEFA confirming that a total of 9,500 will be allowed inside the Stadion Miejski in Gdansk on Wednesday.

Cavani is looking forward to playing in front of those supporters, adding: “I’ve always said that football is all about the people who make it happen and experience it with this passion which they give off to you in a stadium.

“It’s pure passion over the 90 minutes, you know, the connection between the player and the fan. All of these months with no fans has been tough.

“It’s been a loss to what the essence of football is, and I think the fact that now the fans will be coming back to the stadiums gradually will help a lot, all the more so at a team like Manchester United, which has a fiery and passionate fanbase.

“I think it’ll go great for them. Let’s hope that everything starts to go back to normal.”

Cavani is looking forward to playing in front of fans in the Europa League final
Cavani is looking forward to playing in front of fans in the Europa League final

Cavani also spoke about his influence on some of the younger players at United, saying: “I’ve always said that I’m a football student.

“Throughout my whole career, I’ve tried to learn and absorb positive things that could make me a better player, and a better team-mate, and I try to show that with the team.

“Nowadays, I’m the oldest player, the elder statesman in the team, and that’s a great motivation for me.

“It pushes me during training sessions, it pushes me when I’m about to go out and play a match and compete.

“So, I try to enjoy it and work hard for my team without thinking all the time: ‘I have to set an example.’

“I think that you set an example with your behaviour, how you compete, doing your best for your team, always being there to train, trying to be the best player in training sessions.”



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