Villarreal goes for the epic against Liverpool in the semifinals of the Champions League

Villarreal goes for the epic against Liverpool in the semifinals of the Champions League

Villarreal will receive this Tuesday (15:00) Liverpool in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals with the difficult mission of overcoming the 2-0 conceded last Wednesday at Anfield.

“We have to play a perfect game, seek excellence,” Villarreal coach Unai Emery warned this Monday, winner of four Europa Leagues, but who has not yet been able to lift any ‘Orejona’.

“The team is excited” added the coach of the ‘Yellow Submarine’, calling on his fans to fill the La Cerámica stadium to try to reverse the difficult situation.

On his second occasion in a Champions League semi-final, sixteen years after the last time he reached this stage of the competition, Villarreal is still confident in being able to take another step, aware of the difficulty.

The ‘groguets’ fans cling to the memory of the elimination in the second round of Juventus or in the quarterfinals of the powerful Bayern Munich.

A goal from Samu Chukwueze almost over the bell allowed the ‘Yellow Submarine’ get into the semifinals and Now they hope to be able to surprise again.

– ‘Strong at home’ –

“We have our people on our sidewe have seen this season a very strong Villarreal at home in very important games,” Villarreal central defender Pau Torres said on Monday.

Forced to look for the goal, the Basque coach will try to recover for this match to his scorer Gerard Moreno, who could not be on the pitch at Anfield due to injury.

“Gerard has trained today with the group. We’ll see tomorrow,” Emery said.

The Spanish international, author of 13 goals this season, It should be the complement to the other great gunner of the ‘Yellow Submarine’, the Dutchman Arnaud Danjuma, who also arrives touched to the game.

“Let’s see if on Tuesday we do something big with the help of Vila-real and all of Spain”, said midfielder Manu Trigueros after losing the league match against Alavés 2-1 on Saturday.

Locked up behind during the entire first leg due to ‘red’ pressure, Villarreal will have to launch with everything this Tuesday against a Liverpool, which arrives encouraged after their extensive domination of the first leg, although coach Jurgen Klopp does not want confidence.

– ‘This is not over’ –

“This is not over yet. We go 2-0 at the break, we will have to continue concentrating 100%“, Warned the German coach, recently renewed in charge by the English club.

Liverpool arrives at La Cerámica after beating Newcastle 1-0 in the English championship, where they remain second, just one point behind Manchester City, which faces Real Madrid on Wednesday in the other Champions League semifinal.

The ‘Reds’ are still in the race for winning four titles this season after winning the Carabao Cup, being in the FA Cup final, and in contention for the Champions and the Premier.

Knowing the importance of Tuesday’s meeting, Klopp did not hesitate to leave the start on the bench against Newcastle to five its main pillars.

Konaté, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Thiago and Mohamed Salah They rested a little over the weekend with a view to Villarreal and a demanding game.

Likely teams:

Villarreal: Rulli – Foyth, Albiol, P. Torres, Estupiñan – Parejo, Capoue, Coquelin – Lo Celso, G. Moreno, Alcacer. Coach: Unai Emery.

Liverpool: Alisson – Alexander-Arnold, Konaté, Van Dijk, Robertson – Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago – Salah, Mané, Díaz. Coach: Jurgen Klopp (GER).

Referee: Danny Makkelie (N.E.D.).

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