Arsenal boss Unai Emery has revealed how Sir Alex Ferguson had a joke with him over his impressive Europa League record.
The Gunners boss has an amazing record in the Europa League, winning three back-to-back in his time at Sevilla before reaching the final with Arsenal last term.
During his success at Sevilla, Emery bumped into former Manchester United boss Ferguson at the UEFA’s Elite Coaches Forum in Nyon and the Scot joked about his outstanding record.
In an interview shown on Soccer AM (via The Metro), Emery said: “One day we were in Nyon for the coaches meeting and I was defending a lot the Europa League, and he – Ferguson – asked me, “But really Unai, do you not prefer to win the Champions League?”
“Yes of course! He don’t need to say it [laughing]. But at that moment I can be happy and I can defend the Europa League because also I think the UEFA people improve a lot this competition. But really, really the first is the Champions League – okay.”
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On winning his first trophy, Emery added: “My first trophy was the Europa League with Sevilla, against Benfica in Turin. It was amazing.
“As a player it was very difficult to achieve some trophies, when I was starting as a coach I was thinking, “I want to progress, I want to improve, I want to move ahead” and when the first title arrived it was [breathes sigh of relief].
“And really after continuing winning some more and really I am here and my objective is to achieve some important things in the football first, and after is to achieve titles.”