Author: Cillian Shields l @pile_of_eggs
After breaking the club record in the longest unbeaten streak, now in 19 games in all competitions, Unai Emery he will enjoy Christmas with his Villarreal sitting sideways in Champions League positions, taking first place in their Europa League group.
Although only one of the last six La Liga matches on the yellow submarine has brought all three points, the team is playing in attack with freedom and style, along with solidity and confidence in defense. All this time they are wearing a brutal calendar full of leagues, cups and European duties that brought its ninth muscle injury throughout the team this week when captain Mario Gaspar had to come out in a 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao.
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Emery, for his part, missed some vital components that would add a lot of breadth and dynamism, potentially turning some of these recent frustrating draws into victories. Paco Alcácer, Carlos Bacca, Pervis Estupiñán, Moi Gómez, Gerard Moreno, Juan Foyth, Dani Parejo and Francis Coquelin missed playing time this season with muscle injuries, undoubtedly a product of the condensed season and a lack of real preseason to prepare players ’bodies for what will be one of the most powerless campaigns in memory.
Still, the former Arsenal manager has his team extremely well drilled and incredibly hard to beat. Only Barcelona beat them in this campaign, in a strange match in which the Catalans seemed to score with all their first chances and ended the match early as a competition.
The key to the success of the yellow submarine was its flying shape Pau Torres, A 23-year-old central defender from the city of Villarreal who grew up in the club academy. Torres’ great performances make him one of the national team’s starting defenders at the European Championships next summer. He pointed once more in the middle of the week with incredible approval on the line as he ran backwards to block
A szabadrúgást követően, Álex Berenguer egy nagyon szép lövéssel próbálkozott.
The young man plays fantastically calm in the heart of Villarreal’s defense, very pleasantly pulling the ball from behind to start the attack and sweeping the ball with a brilliant positional play. He was also productive in the opposing box, scoring against Real Betis in the 13th week to add his strike against Valladolid earlier in the season, and nearly scored a later winner over Elche in the 12th week. In the phenomenal form and leadership of a team that rides high in the league, Torres has already attracted the interest of some of the biggest clubs in Spain and abroad, and the bright future of the central defender is certain.
Without his header on the line, the Athletic Club would have taken a 2-0 lead, which may have been enough to highlight the win. However, Villarreal fought back and earned a point with a fantastically scored goal 18-year-old Yeremi Pino, one of the revelations this season of La Liga, which has been given a chance to shine given the amount of injuries Emery has to deal with. The goal was Pino’s third goal of the season and a first-league goal of his career.
Gerard Moreno’s great assist outside the penalty area turned over the Basque defense in order to break the young man in the semi-volley to equalize. Pino has won a lot of praise for his recent performances, not looking at all out of place in his debut campaign at the highest Spanish rank.
– Eibar will always leave space behind its defensive line for exploitation. They boldly approach setting up a very high defensive line, along with aggressive pressure from the front. It’s a style that has brought a lot of success in the past, and one that almost caused a great comeback against Real Madrid in week 14 and that has recently seen points against Real Betis, Real Sociedad and Valencia.
However, the opposite side of the same coin saw that they had lost the advantage this half of the week Deportivo Alavés a goal that separated him from Edgar Méndez. Pablo Machín’s fans played without star striker Lucas Pérez, but relied on fast wingers to break quickly in the transition, and an excellent counterattack with the ball won in the back line of Eibar led to an equalizer.
The game was huge for how it could turn out a picture of relegation at the end of the year, as both sides struggled around the bottom of the table entering the game. Three points against a direct rival will be the perfect Christmas present for Alavés, putting little breathing space between them and the fall zone.
– The same cannot be said for either Elche or Osasuna, who played a 2-2 draw in the second game that could define the relegation battle, came in late May. The draw goes los rojillos bottom, while Elche are only one point out of the bottom three.
Next week, the likely relegation fight continues as Osasuna hosts Alavés.
– at the other end of the table, Real Madrid i Atletico Madrid sit on points, with the Colchoneros leading the way in goals, and two games in hand at Los Blancos. It is the first time since 2006 that a team other than Real Madrid or Barcelona sat first at the table on Christmas, when Sevilla Juande Ramosa flew high.
The athlete brilliantly overcame the challenge of Real Sociedad 2-0 Beautiful with a header to break the deadlock and hand over all the advantage to the side of Diego Simeone, in the third victory of the coach as the manager of Atletico. Marcos Llorente no doubt put up a score to raise the score for the season to six in the season of a transformed midfielder’s outbreak.
Across the capital of Spain, Zinedine ZidaneThe men showed a level of maturity to overcome another game that could have been a potential banana peel for them. After their striking weeks of matches against Sevilla, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Atletico Madrid who could have decided the fate of the French manager that there were major glitches, the champions fell in love with winning match after match and now string together five wins, showing the kind of form that brought them the title last season.
– Barcelona easily beat Real Valladolid 3-0, setting up with three central defenders, ua new formation this gave the flanks greater solidity against the counterattack and more sense to move forward, with fewer players crowded in the middle of the field.
Messi and Pedri played behind Martin Braithwaite, with Jordi Alba on the left and Sergiño Dest on the right. Pjanic and De Jong provided stability in maintaining positions in the middle of the field. Lenglet, Araújo and Mingueza defended the back line, while Coutinho and Griezmann were the main losers of this new form.
An 18-year-old Pedri set Messi with a beautiful “backheel” rolling pass for the Argentine he scored the 644th goal for Barcelona, now beating Pelé’s previous record of 643 shots for one club.
– Real Betis boss Manuel Pellegrini said his team’s win over Andalusian rival Cádiz was a “step forward” against a team that knows how to tactically outwit a host of La Liga colleagues, including Real Madrid, Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao.
🎥💚 @RealBetis_en with a big victory until the end of the 15th round!
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– LaLigaTV (@LaLigaTV) December 23, 2020
Los Verdiblancos promised a lot under the former Manchester City boss, but they failed to connect the results and turn the excitement that surrounds them into a real charge in European positions. The team from Seville only won the back-to-back games in the first two weeks of the season, and despite taking 9th place in the table, Betis entered only the 5th clean table of this term against the newly promoted Cádiz.
The manager explained that his side should have shown “patience” against a team that likes to sit deep, let the opposition play and feed on mistakes, but he regretted that in the first half his players confused “patience” for “sluggishness”. Midfielder Guido Rodríguez decided the game with his first goal of the season.
Damian Suarez with the absolute STUNNER! 😱
What a way to put Getafe in front of 🔵 pic.twitter.com/RHxfflDXJw
– Premier Sports @ (@PremierSportsTV) December 23, 2020
Goal of the week: Damian Suárez’s thunderous long-range effort in a 1-1 Getafe draw with Celta Vigo in form. The Uruguayan right-back first inserted Denis Suárez before releasing his unstoppable kick into the top corner. Artwork.