Unai Emery has claimed that the former Tottenham stars at Villarreal can now dream of winning trophies, which they failed to do during their time with the Lilywhites.

Villarreal are currently sitting in seventh place in the La Liga table with 45 points but the Yellow Submarine are proving their metal in Europe this season.

Emery’s men are now dreaming of a place in the semi-finals of the Champions League after overcoming Bayern Munich 1-0 in the first leg of their quarter-final tie.

The former Arsenal boss is doing so with the help of three former Tottenham players in the form of Serge Aurier, Etienne Capoue, Juan Foyth and Giovani Lo Celso who joined on loan from Spurs during the January transfer window.

Emery’s stay at the Emirates proved short-lived and the Spaniard has now discussed the difficulty of winning things in the Premier League in comparison to the other top divisions in Europe.

Speaking about the four players with Spurs links in his side, the Villarreal boss told The Athletic: “Tottenham is also a very big club, but here they (those players) could win things. Tottenham has been years without winning anything, no trophies.

“There are other very good teams in England who do not win things either. It is not easy to win. Liverpool and Manchester City are winning at the moment, recently it was Manchester United and Chelsea too.

“Teams like West Ham are very good, but they have hardly any chance of winning anything.”

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Emery’s point might come across as a sly dig to Spurs fans but I honestly do not think that was Spaniard’s intention. His point about the difficulty of winning silverware in England is a fair one, and that is part of Conte’s challenge as he aims to end the club’s 14-year trophy drought.

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