The Villarreal goes to Turin on Wednesday in search of a victory against the
Juventus to put him in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, after the tie harvested in the first leg at the La Cerámica stadium. The two teams neutralized 1-1 three weeks ago, leaving the tie completely open in an edition of the Champions League that has eliminated the double value of goals in the opposite field in the event of a tie.
The ‘Yellow Submarine’ is seeking to reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the third time in its history after being a semifinalist in the 2005/2006 season and a quarterfinalist in 2008/2009. Villarreal enter Wednesday’s game as a way to continue reacting after beating Celta 1-0, which was their second win in their last four games.
“They play at home, they will feel strong with their fans, but we want to be able to respond with our collective game, try to find help from all our individual qualities,” coach Unai Emery said at a press conference on Tuesday. .
The Villarreal coach travels to Italy looking towards his infirmary, hoping to recover some of his injured men.
Waiting for Albiol
These include pillars of the team such as strikers Gerard Moreno, Argentine defender Juan Foyth or center back Raúl Abiol, who did not finish the match against Celta, but could be ready for Wednesday.
Moreno “is within the group, working (…) We are going to be very cautious in the decision,” said Emery, recalling that “I trust the group beyond individualities.” As for Albiol, “he is coming off a game (against Celta in the league) in which we had to withdraw him due to muscle problems that we believe he has overcome well, but we will wait until tomorrow,” he added.
Villarreal won’t have it easy against a Juventus side on the rise after a difficult start to the season. Massimiliano Allegri’s team has gone 15 games undefeated in their championship after their 3-1 victory over Sampdoria over the weekend, which has led them to plant themselves in the Champions League positions.
‘Juve’ will receive Villarreal supported by their fans and by their young striker Dusan Vlahovic, who arrived at the Italian team in the January market. Vlahovic, who scored Juventus’ goal in the first leg with just 33 seconds left, has scored four goals in nine games since he landed in Turin from Fiorentina.
To which is added the good moment of Álvaro Morata, author of a brace over the weekend against Sampdoria and who has scored three goals in his last two games with the Italian team.
The injured return
“Vlahovic will be the starter,” Massimiliano Allegri announced at a press conference on Tuesday, pointing out that “Morata is in a good moment of form and has to score, like Vlahovic”, without wanting to say whether the Spaniard will accompany the Serbian.
Juventus, unlike their opponent, has been recovering players from the infirmary ahead of Wednesday’s match. “(Giorgio) Chiellini, (Paulo) Dybala and (Federico) Bernardeschi are available again,” said the coach of the
Juventus, hinting that they will see the opening match on the bench: “they haven’t played in almost the last month, so they could be key changes.” Instead, the
Juventus still cannot count on Claudio Bonucci, who “has a problem with his calf that he hasn’t quite resolved,” Allegri said.
The match “is like a final,” said the Italian coach, warning that “we will have to be patient and interpret the game well, with the respect we have with Villarreal.”
juventus: Szczesny – Danilo, Rugani, De Ligt, Alex Sandro – Cuadrado, Locatelli, Arthur, Rabiot – Morata, Vlahovic. Coach: Massimiliano Allegri
Villarreal: Rulli – Foyth, Albiol, Pau Torres, Pedraza – Chukwueze, Capoue, Parejo, Pino – Lo Celso, Danjuma. Coach: Unai Emery
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