A 1-0 loss to Monaco means Villarreal will not be competing in the Champions League group stage in 2016-17.
Villarreal coach Fran Escriba insists his side did all they could in spite of their exit in the Champions League following a 1-0 loss to Monaco on Tuesday.
The LaLiga side went into the contest at the Stade Louis II in Monaco 2-1 down following the initial leg, needing to score at the very least twice to undergo.
On the other hand, Escriba’s guys couldn’t discover the net within a tight encounter, with Fabinho’s 90th-minute spot-kick separating the sides around the night, sealing a 3-1 aggregate win for Monaco.
Escriba believes there was not a lot additional his side could do, and have to now contest the Europa League group stage as an alternative to the continent’s elite competition.
“It was not to be, the team did everything they could. We had some possibilities to go ahead, but within the second half it got a little complicated,” the 51-year-old said.
“We have absolutely nothing to reproach and now we will have to assume positively.
“Of course we are annoyed but our obligation would be to lift ourselves up and consider to accomplish a terrific league and Europa campaign.
“We will get ourselves back to a mental and physical level and I’m positive we’ll see the Villarreal that individuals would like to see.”