Despite some spectacular shows within the group stage, it took a Matchday 6 victory to take Unai Emery’s Villarreal to the UEFA Champions League spherical of 16, with outcomes not fairly reflecting the Yellow Submarine’s efficiency stage.
Campaign up to now
Group F runners-up: W3 D1 L2 F12 A9
Top scorer: Arnaut Danjuma (4)
14/09: Villarreal 2-2 Atalanta (Trigueros 39, Danjuma 73; Freuler 6, Gosens 83)
29/09: Manchester United 2-1 Villarreal (Alex Telles 60, Ronaldo 90+5; Alcácer 53)
20/10: Young Boys 1-4 Villarreal (Elia 77; Pino 6, Gerard Moreno 16, Moreno 88, Chukwueze 90+2)
02/11: Villarreal 2-0 Young Boys (Capoue 36, Danjuma 89)
23/11: Villarreal 0-2 Manchester United (Ronaldo 78, Sancho 90)
09/12: Atalanta 2-3 Villarreal (Malinovskyi 71, Zapata 80; Danjuma 3 51, Capoue 42)
Campaign in ten phrases: Lack of a finisher practically value them a knockout place.
UEFA.com reporter’s view
The Yellow Submarine performed some wonderful soccer in the course of the group stage, particularly dominating Manchester United for lengthy intervals at Old Trafford. Gerard Moreno’s harm points meant that they lacked a pure goalscorer, although, and whereas they obtained the job performed, it could have been lots simpler with a sharper innovative.
What we have discovered
Last season’s UEFA Europa League winners, Villarreal have proved themselves to be worthy of a spot at this stage with a few of their shows, however must be a bit extra scientific in each containers if they’re to maintain forging on, with some slack defending and profligate ending marring some good group-stage showings.
Arnaut Danjuma – 44 factors
Étienne Capoue – 36 factors
Dani Parejo – 27 factors
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• Just underneath half of the town of Villarreal’s 52,000 inhabitants can match inside their 23,500-seater stadium.
• Signed from Bournemouth in summer season 2021, Nigerian-born Dutch ahead Danjuma scored 4 targets in his maiden UEFA Champions League group stage.
• Villarreal conceded eight of their 9 group stage targets after the break.