Javi vents spleen at Euro exit
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Villarreal's Javi Venta has spoken of his disappointment at losing to Arsenal.
Villarreal full-back Javi Venta admits it is likely to take he and his team-mates some time to come to terms with their UEFA Champions League elimination by Arsenal.
The Spaniards crashed out of the competition after failing to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg, with Juan Roman Riquelme missing a late penalty.
Venta conceded that the manner of the exit had been particularly hard for the team to stomach, especially as they had been clearly superior to Arsenal on the night.
"I would have preferred to have played worse but to be in the final," the 30-year-old stated. "No matter how hard we tried, the ball just wouldn't go in.
"We are all gutted, we had so much hope of reaching the final in Paris. Right now it's difficult to digest this defeat.
"I guess from tomorrow (Thursday) onwards we will try little by little to pick ourselves up."
However, Venta feels that fall-guy Riquelme might need more time than most to banish the painful memories.
"Riquelme was very upset and it's understandable," he continued. "We all spoke to him after the game and he was very sad.
"If a player takes a penalty he can miss and he can score, Riquelme's shot was saved and that's the end of the story.
"It can happen to the best of players and Riquelme is a great player and I'm sure he will continue to delight us with his talent."