All indications are that Emery will bet tomorrow on a massive round against Athletic. Villarreal beat Bayern 1-0 in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals and next Tuesday visit the Allianz Arena. The yellows are playing in Munich for their presence in the semifinals.
The coach from Gipuzkoa, in any case, has enough funds in the wardrobe to present eleven guarantees this Saturday against the lions. Of Emery’s replacements last Wednesday against the German champion, one of the possible line-ups, for example, could be the one formed by Sergio Asenjo; Aurier, Mario Gaspar, Mandi, Pedraza; Trigueros, Iborra, Moi Gómez; Chukwueze, Alcácer and Yeremi Pino.
Villarreal, in other words, have enough players to put together a solid and consolidated block against Athletic in their commitment before crossing the Champions League in Germany. In fact, Emery has already applied his particular theory of rotation to previous promises in continental competition.
Of the eleven yellows who drew one at home against Juve in the round of 16, seven players were repeated in the ensuing League match against Spain. I learned that Villarreal resolved to a 5-1 win at home. Rulli, Albiol, Pau, Capoue, Parejo, Lo Celso and Danjuma are the ‘repeaters’.
After a 0-3 draw in Turin, which resulted in a passage to the quarterfinals of the Champions League, Emery used only three of Italy’s starters in the domestic tournament in Cádiz: Pau, Parejo and Lo Celso. The roundup against that league, which ended in a 1-0 defeat, affected a total of eight players. From Villarreal they insist this Saturday could be even bigger.
Source: La Verdad
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