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.
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.”
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.”