Villarreal coach Juan Carlos Garrido told his side there was still plenty to play for despite being eliminated from the Champions League.
The 3-0 home defeat by Manchester City left the Yellow Submarine bottom of Group A without a point to their name and needing two wins from their final two fixtures even to have a chance of earning a place in the Europa League.
The situation is not much better in the Primera Division, where they sit 13th with just two wins to their name and with a host of key men - including Marcos Senna, Nilmar and Giuseppe Rossi - on the sidelines with injury.
Garrido said: "Despite this result we have done the best we can. We have to get some players back such as Nilmar and Marcos Senna. We have shown good attitude. The Champions League is now impossible but we can fight for a good position here in Spain and in the Copa del Rey. Anything is possible.
"There is not one player in particular that we need back but we need some of them to get well. We have to believe we can solve the problems together.''
The injury problems are giving chances to some of the club's younger players, who have been promoted from the B team to the first-team squad in recent weeks.
"This is a project we believe in,'' said Garrido. "Now they are playing Champions League. Villarreal are getting good experience from this process. it is important for Villarreal. Even if we lose now, there is a positive side to it. This is the basis for our project.''
On Bayern Munich and City, who are first and second in Group A, he added: "Both are candidates to win the Champions League. This is a group that is very tough.''