Villarreal – Liverpool: The ‘dark horse’ stopped walking?

03 Th5 2022 | 13:29

Lost 0-2 in the first leg, and against Liverpool in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final today, Villarreal needs a miracle to turn the tide.

teachers and students Jurgen Klopp Facing the opportunity to make history with four consecutive championships. They were one point behind Manchester City in the Premier League, won the League Cup and reached the FA Cup final. Liverpool The Champions League final is only one game away. They are two goals ahead of Madrigal thanks to Peves Estupinan’s own goal and Sadio Mane’s goal at Anfield.

However, Villarreal Accustomed to being underestimated and in a predicament in the face of formidable opponents. 1/8 round, teacher and student Unai Emery Two games to beat Juventus, followed by a 2-1 elimination of Bayern. It can be said that whether the “golden submarines” can continue depends on whether they can use their home field advantage. At home, Villarreal once lost 0-1 to Bayern, one of the title contenders.

“We’re in good form at home. It’s complicated to be two goals down,” commented Emery. “Villarreal will try to create situations that will get us close to an equaliser. Removing the away goals rule gives us a little bit of an advantage. Liverpool know how to use home advantage, but we don’t. Defend well and stop them from getting” an advantage. We want to run our games and enjoy the moment with the fans. “

Liverpool (red) have a big advantage against Villarreal. Photo: Reuters.

Liverpool (red) have a big advantage against Villarreal. picture: Reuters.

Villarreal need at least two goals. It won’t be easy as Liverpool have kept four clean sheets in their last five wins. Klopp’s pupils and teachers have not lost an away game since the loss to Leicester in December. In the Champions League alone, Liverpool have won five away games, scoring at least two goals per game.

Another factor that has put Liverpool in control of the season has been the smooth execution of Klopp’s rotation plan. Last weekend, despite many pillars of recovery, Anfield beat Newcastle thanks to Nabikeita’s only goal. Liverpool have only two injuries that have not fully recovered: Roberto Firmino and Curtis Jones.

Villarreal do not have the ideal depth of their opponents. Emery also retained some key players against Alaves, but Villarreal lost 2-1. The home side’s two mainstays – centre-back Raul Albiol and striker Gerard Moreno – will be on the pitch as they have yet to fully recover from their injuries.

The “Golden Submarine” needs to repeat the opponent’s own feat in the 2018-2019 season. At that time, Liverpool lost 3-0 away to Barcelona in the first leg, and then won 4-0 at home. It was also Klopp’s teachers and students who lifted the trophy after beating Tottenham 2-0 in the final this season. This is the only time in the history of the Champions League that a team has conceded at least 2 goals in the first leg of a semi-final but still qualified.

“We need to be ready for a good game because they will come with high pressure. They will try to coordinate more than we allowed in the first leg. Unai will make some adjustments to play against Liverpool. We never thought about the Champions League semi-final – the final is easy. You never know if we can get to the final again. Liverpool better be careful. We will do the same,” commented Klopp.

If they win, Liverpool will reach the Champions League final for the 10th time. Only Real Madrid, Bayern and AC Milan have reached this milestone before. By contrast, Villarreal are aiming to play in the European Championship for the first time. The 1-0 home victory over Liverpool in the Europa League semi-finals in 2015-2016 will add momentum to the “golden submarine”. In addition, the home team can also learn from Emery’s experience in the European Cup.