The Villarreal faces this Wednesday, from 3:00 p.m. Peruvian time (20:00 GMT) in Turin, a prestigious duel against the juventuswith the quarterfinals of the Champions League as a clear goal after the one-goal draw in the first leg at La Cerámica
The fact that away goals no longer have double value in the event of a final draw, means that Villarreal’s options are greater in this match, although victory will be necessary to pass, either in regulation time or from the penalty shootout that would be reached in the event of any tie.
It would be the third time that Villarreal has reached the quarterfinals of Europe’s top continental competition, since on the two occasions in which it was seen in this situation, it made it to the quarterfinals.
Although Unai Emery’s team has won victories, its weakness this season, especially in the league, is away games and they have hampered performance, although the team from Castellón considers that this game, due to the setting and motivation, will palliate this deficiency, as was already seen in the group stage against Young Boys and Atalanta away from home.
In addition, players such as Etienne Capoue, Juan Foyth, Raúl Albiol and Gerard Moreno arrive very fairly at this important game, while Alberto Moreno, who had knee surgery, and Paco Alcácer, with a muscle injury in his right calf, are absent.
The big doubt in the eleven would be that of Raúl Albiol, who with hamstring discomfort arrives quite just, while Gerard Moreno will be in the summoned list, although his options to play would happen coming off the bench.
Their rival faces this second round of the Champions League round of 16 with the outstanding figures of Serbian Dusan Vlahovic and Spanish Álvaro Morata, whose great performances in Serie A have made them the hope to undo the tie at one from the first leg and reach the quarterfinals.
Vlahovic arrived at Juventus as the great signing of the year and at the moment he is delivering. The Serbian debuted in the first leg against Villarreal in the Champions League, and scored a goal after 30 seconds.
His coach, the Italian Massimiliano Allegri, reserved him on the bench this day against Sampdoria with his sights set on the ‘Champions’ and left Morata in charge of the offensive, who once again stood out, this time with a double, in the which is being one of his best seasons.
With this victory, Juventus has gone 15 games without losing in Serie A and confirms the good feeling with its new pair of strikers, who, for the moment, have brilliantly complemented each other and saved the furniture of a team that sows doubts with its game from the start of the competition.
He will not be able to count on Allegri for the European date with the Italian Leonardo Bonucci, but he recovers two key pieces of his scheme: the Argentine Paulo Dybala and the Italian Giorgio Chiellini.
In addition to Bonucci, the American Weston McKennie – who misses the entire season -, the Brazilian Kaio Jorge and the Italian Federico Chiesa are absent. The Swiss Dennis Zakaria will be doubtful until the last moment due to discomfort in the groin area.
Colombian Juan Cuadrado, fixed in Allegri’s scheme, will start from the start to attack the back of the Spanish team’s defense and gain depth, in what is one of the team’s most important weapons.
Juventus: Szczesny, De Sciglio or Pellegrini, Rugani, De Ligt, Danilo, Cuadrado, Rabiot, Arthur, Locatelli, Vlahovic and Morata.
Villarreal: Rulli, Foyth, Raúl Albiol, Pau Torres, Alfonso Pedraza; Capoue, Dani Parejo, Manu Trigueros, Yeremy Pino, Lo Celso and Danjuma.
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland).
Stadium: Juventus Stadium.
Time: 15:00 from Peru (20:00 GMT).