Liverpool must 'respect' deserving Villarreal in Champions League showdown - Unai Emery

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Villarreal boss Unai Emery has said his team have earned the right to be in the semifinals of the Champions League as they prepare for Wednesday's clash with Liverpool.

The Spanish outfit have eliminated giants Juventus and Bayern Munich in the previous knockout rounds but now face "the best Liverpool side" Emery can remember.

Villarreal players felt Bayern underestimated them in their Champions League quarterfinal tie, and Emery has warned that Liverpool will not make the same mistake.

"We deserve to be here," Emery said. "Any side that is in a Champions League semifinal is there because they deserve to be.